A New Albany man indicted by a Union County grand jury for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a minor will soon have his day in court.
Benjamin Bishop, 25, of 623 Glendale Road in New Albany, will go before the March session of the Union County Circuit Court on March 4 for his arraingment, or formal reading of the criminal complaint against him.
Bishop was arrested Aug. 16, 2012 and was charged with exploitation of a 15-year-old female and student of Victory Christian Academy, where he had served in some teaching capacity.
From May 1, 2012 until the date of his arrest, Bishop also had been employed as a jailer with the Union County Sheriff’s Department.
At the arraignment, Bishop will have the opportunity to plead guilty or not guilty and a trial date will likely be set.
According to the grand jury indictment handed down last October, if convicted, Bishop’s offense is punishable by imprisonment for not less than five years nor exceeding 40 years, or by a fine of not less than $50,000 or more than $500,000 or both, contrary to the form of the statute in such cases made and provided and against the peace and dignity of the state of Mississippi.
After his arrest, Bishop was released on $25,000 bond while awaiting his arraignment.