Brad Benson, a Republican Granbury City Council Place 4 candidate, was arrested Monday for the alleged possession of child pornography.
According to Fox 4 News, Benson is a small businessman, Granbury’s Deputy Fire Marshal, and a member of the Granbury Volunteer Fire Department. Fox 4 News reported that Benson currently is facing two counts of possessing child pornography, which is a first-degree felony.
Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds told Newsweek, “I can confirm he was arrested by the District Attorney’s Office yesterday and charged with two felony child pornography charges, he should have a bond set today.”
Newsweek reported that Benson was arrested at his home located in the Watersedge area of Granbury just one day before the election; however, his name currently remains on the ballot as a council member candidate for Place 4 in Tuesday’s election.
The Republican Party of Hood County released a statement Tuesday regarding the allegations against Benson.
“This morning we were notified of the law enforcement operation involving candidate Brad Benson for place #4, Granbury City Council,” the Republican Party stated. “The Executive committee has conferred, spoken with law enforcement, confirmed more substantial information and unanimously withdraws their support for Mr. Benson.”
The Republican Party of Hood County condemned the alleged crimes of Benson “in the strongest terms,” explaining that the crimes Benson is accused of committing “tear at the heart and soul of society.” Contrasting other Republican candidates with Benson, the party’s statement emphasized its commitment to protecting children and advocating for both conservative and family values.
“These heinous acts are antithetical to what Republicans stand for. It is time for the justice system to act and if Mr. Benson is proven guilty, the punishment needs to be swift and severe,” The Republican Party added. “We sincerely hope that the grace and peace of our merciful God comes upon all the children and families involved, and that healing, repentance and restoration will be seen in personal lives, along with our beloved community.”