Another ride worker arrested at Canfield Fair, accused of groping teen

CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – Police arrested another ride operator at the Canfield Fair on Saturday, accused of groping a teen girl.

The Canfield Fair said Jose Eduardo Moreno-Benites was arrested and charged with sexual imposition on Saturday.

According to the fair, Benites works for Bates Amusement, Inc. The company posted bail and let Moreno-Benites return to the fair on Sunday to work on a different ride. At that time, fair officials removed him and banned him from coming back.

The Canfield Fair Board said every ride operator is subject to a sexual predator criminal background check conducted by the operator or the United States Department of Homeland Security.

Moreno-Benites has been working for Bates for three years and passed a background check each year, as recently as two weeks ago, according to the fair board.

The incident is still under investigation.

This is the second arrest at the Canfield Fair this week involving alleged sexual misconduct.

U.S. Marshals arrested 30-year-old Brandon Walsh, of South Carolina, on Thursday.

Investigators say Walsh messaged a 13-year-old on Facebook, asking for nude pictures of the child and to meet for sex.

He was operating a kiddie ride at the time of his arrest.

Full statement from Canfield Fair on Moreno-Benites’ arrest:

Every individual working the rides at the fair has been subjected to a sexual predator criminal back ground check.

That process is conducted by the operator or the United States Department of Homeland Security

The case at hand involves an individual who has been an employee of the ride operator for three years, subjected to a back ground check each year and, as recently as two weeks ago. This individual would not have been on fairground property without a satisfactory back ground check.

The subject individual has been removed from the fairground property and should he return criminal trespass charges will be filed.

We appreciate the support and guidance from Sheriff Greene’s office and conducting a thorough internal investigation into all aspects of this matter.

As this is an ongoing investigation – no further comments will be made.

This story is corrected to show that Moreno-Benites is employed by Bates Amusement, Inc., not Bates Brothers Amusement — which is a separate ride company at the fair.