New Mexico man accused of sexually assaulting 13-year-old

Benjamin Silva
Benjamin Silva

BELEN, N.M. (KRQE) – An art gallery worker is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy.

It happened earlier this month at the non-profit Art League Gallery in Belen. The teen says he had visited the gallery before and told a man working there — 63-year-old Benjamin Silva — he was interested in drawing.

He said Silva told him to bring in his work sometime. When the teen returned, he says Silva took him to a back room and asked him to pose, then pulled down his pants and tried to get him to perform sexual acts.

Silva remains behind bars at the Valencia County Detention Center.

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