June 2015

Volunteer jailed for sex offences against girls in Gorleston church

Geoffrey Bensley

A 60-year-old Great Yarmouth man has today been jailed for more than three years after being convicted of a string of sexual offences against young girls.

Geoffrey Bensley, of St Georges Road, was sentenced for:

  1. Five counts of sexual assault by touching involving a child under the age of 13

  2. Five counts of indecent assault

  3. One count of taking an indecent photograph of a child

  4. One count of making an indecent photograph of a child

The assaults are believed to have taken place at the Magdalen Way Methodist Church in Gorleston between 2009 and 2013 where Bensley worked as a volunteer and at residential locations in the Norfolk area and in Eastern Europe.

He would approach young girls and gain their trust before going on to touch or photograph them inappropriately. Some of his victims had come forward as a result of seeing his original charges mentioned on the Constabulary’s social media accounts.

Bensley pleaded guilty to offences against five of his victims earlier in the year, while he was found guilty of offences against his final victim in May.

Lori Tucker, for Bensley, said he accepted the custody threshold had been crossed.

But she said the offending was not “every day, every week or every month over a 30 year period” but described it as a “limited” number of offences to his victims.

Bensley was sentenced to three and a half years in jail and will be placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.

He was also given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order preventing him from having contact with children.