Disgraced British actuality TV star Andrew Bennett was jailed Thursday for sexually assaulting a teenage boy final yr.
The 47-year-old, who’s finest recognized for starring within the common British actuality TV present “Gogglebox,” pleaded responsible to one cost of inflicting a toddler to have interaction in sexual exercise, and two expenses of sexual exercise with a toddler.
Bennett was sentenced to 29 months in jail throughout a listening to in Newcastle Crown Courtroom on Thursday, in keeping with a press launch by the Crown Prosecution Service.
The courtroom heard how the shamed actuality star took photos together with his teen sufferer, earlier than pinning him on a sofa and leaving a hickey on his neck. He then lured the teenager into the bed room for intercourse, BBC Information reported.
Bennett, who lives in Sunderland, was ordered to signal the intercourse offenders register. He’s additionally topic to a restraining order for 5 years and should observe a sexual hurt prevention order for 10 years.
Prosecutor Glenn Gatland mentioned Bennett informed the teenager he was homosexual, earlier than asking if his sufferer was. The sufferer responded by saying he wasn’t, BBC Information reported.
“The defendant began to place his palms down his pants once more then informed him to show away from him and began kissing him on the again of his neck and gave him a love chew,” Gatland informed the courtroom.
Senior Crown Prosecutor Andrew Jones mentioned in a press launch Bennett “denied having touched his sufferer” throughout his first interview with police.
He claimed “solely to have spoken to the boy on the time of the alleged assaults, however then claimed that his conduct had been affected by slimming tablets when additional bodily proof was proven to him,” Jones added.
“Bennett carried out these assaults in egocentric pursuit of his personal sexual gratification and the affect on this boy has been vital,” Jones concluded.
Bennett appeared on season 12 of the fact TV present in 2018. The present paperwork totally different households’ reactions throughout the UK as they watch the earlier week’s tv from their very own houses.
Reps for “Gogglebox” declined to remark.