Benton Man Arrested For Alleged Sexual Assault  

(BENTON, IL) — A Benton man was arrested after Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies Thursday afternoon initiated an investigation of an alleged sexual assault in rural Benton. Forty-nine-year-old Lester R. Carter is lodged in the Franklin County Jail for aggravated criminal sexual assault and unlawful production of five to 20 cannabis plants. Sheriff Don Jones says these are tentative charges pending review by the State’s Attorney’s office. The investigation continues and more charges are possible.