Dallas man gets seven years for domestic violence, assaulting officer

A former Boy Scout leader from Salem was arraigned Monday on charges that he sexually abused an 11-year-old boy in 2017 and continued to stalk him through social media for years after the abuse took place.

A Dallas man was sentenced Thursday to more than seven years in prison on charges stemming from assaulting a woman he lived with and a police officer in January.

Bryan Beninger, 32, pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges of assault for domestic violence and attempted murder for assaulting Dallas Police Department officer Victor Castillo.

Beninger received a sentence of 90 months in prison and has been transferred to Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. Under Measure 11, he is not eligible for early release and will receive three years of probation after his release, according to his sentence.

“I think that we are very cognizant of victim’s wishes in these,” Polk County District Attorney Aaron Felton said of the plea agreement. “We’re required to consult with victims on these, but it’s something that we choose to do anyway.

“And so this was a result that was consistent with the victim’s wishes overall. ... We also consulted of course with officer Castillo.”

According to the probable cause statement, police were called to the Dallas home Beninger shared with the victim on Jan. 25 after a report of a domestic disturbance. There also was a warrant for his arrest from Marion County.

The woman he lived with told police he had punched her in the face, threw her to the ground and choked her.

When police arrived at the home, according to police, they knocked on the door of Beninger’s room and told him they needed to speak with him. Beninger shut the door to the bedroom, but continued to speak with officers.

He came out of the room briefly, but said he was going back in his room to get a weapon and went in his room.

The officers opened the door and saw Beninger pick up a metal object, later identified as a 2-foot metal pipe wrench. He struck Castillo in the head, leaving a 1-inch gash with blood streaming down his neck.

Three officers then took Beninger down, restrained and arrested him.

Beninger was found unfit to stand trial in March, according to court records, and was transferred to Oregon State Hospital. After another evaluation in July he was found fit to proceed this month.

Beninger previously pleaded guilty to assault in a previous domestic violence charge in April 2021 and was sentenced to 18 months of probation.

Bill Poehler covers Marion County for the Statesman Journal. Contact him at bpoehler@StatesmanJournal.com

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