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Beat, thrown, stalked: Multiple women told Ga. investigators their ex abused them. The case was dropped

Years after multiple women told investigators they were beat, thrown, spit on, and stalked by the same man, the case was dismissed.

Lindsey Basye, Andy Pierrotti

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For nearly 10 years, Jason Benson has been trying to clear his name connected to a string of alleged crimes he claims he never committed.

The charges involve at least 15 felonies and misdemeanors dating back to 2012 and 2013. Most are related to allegations of beating and stalking former ex-girlfriends in Paulding County.

Since then, he’s pleaded with the judges, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), and the FBI to look into claims that the women’s stories were manufactured in exchange for an alleged pay-off.

Earlier in 2021, he got his wish. The Coweta County District Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute the case.

"I spent 56 days in jail over being falsely accused of something that never happened,” Benson said in an interview with 11Alive in April. “If there was anything to those charges, they would have taken me to court.”

While the charges were essentially dropped, 11Alive's investigative team, The Reveal, uncovered the district attorney’s decision had nothing to do with the results of a state or federal investigation. Instead, it rested on the women’s decision not to testify after years of waiting for prosecutors to prepare the case for trial.

While Benson maintains his innocence, court records show a pattern of violent behavior and women who feared for their lives.