PLEASANTVILLE — Police said a Pleasantville man sexually assaulted a young girl that had been reported missing.

Chad Reese Bennett, 49, of Pleasantville, was charged with three counts of second-degree sexual assault, each a class B felony.

The Pleasantville Police Department said in court filings that a juvenile girl was reported missing from home Monday at 3:26 a.m. An officer from the police department and deputies from the Marion County Sheriff's Office immediately began canvassing the area.

Two hours later, the girl's mother called and informed law enforcement that her daughter had returned home.

Police said they found Bennett, hiding behind a Chevrolet Suburban, near where the girl had been seen. According to court filings, he told police he was waiting to pick up trash at his brother's, and his brother was a local garbage truck driver.

Officers said there were no trash pickups that day, however. Police said Bennett appeared to be breathing heavily and sweating while talking with officers.

The juvenile reported to police, according to court records, that Bennett instructed her to sneak out of her bedroom window to meet with him "as they have done previously." Bennett took the girl to his home where the girl advised she was sexually assaulted.

Kyle Ocker is the group editor of the Oskaloosa Herald and the Ottumwa Courier. He can be reached at kocker@oskyherald.com. Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker.

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Kyle Ocker is a Centerville native and award-winning multimedia journalist. Kyle is currently the first vice president of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council and vice president of the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association.

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