Doncaster man who had 6,000 indecent images and groped teenage girl given community order
A Doncaster man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a teenage girl and having 6,000 indecent images of children has walked free from court.
During a hearing a Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday, Keith Benton, 47, of Parkstone Grove, Hatfield, was given a 12 month community order with a 60 day rehabilitation requirement, and was told he must sign the sexual offenders register for five years.
Last month, Benton pleaded guilty to having indecent images after being found with 6,000 category C images on his computer. A subsequent investigation in February last year found more category C images and one category B image.
Benton also pleaded guilty to a sexual assault charge from August 2016, when he was alleged to have groped a teenage girl under 16.
Prosecuting, Ian West, said that ‘perhaps the most aggravating’ aspect of the incident was that when Benton was asked by the victim why he was touching her, he said it was ‘because I like you’.
He added that when first challenged by police, Benton denied the sexual assault allegations and blamed the images on other people.
Telling the defendant he was free to go, Judge Peter Kelson QC questioned why the case had even been sent to the Crown Court by Magistrates. “You don’t need any lectures from me,” he added.