June 2016

29-year-old jailed for exposing himself on webcam to schoolgirl


A 29-year-old webcam flasher has been jailed for exposing himself to a 12-year-old girl and asking her to show him her breasts.

Stuart Bennett used a false name to contact the girl and when he saw she was wearing a school uniform he encouraged her to take it off.

He contacted her again on her birthday, asked her to show her breasts, and told her ‘age is just a number’. On both occasions he exposed himself to her on webcam.

The girl was so keen to get him to hang up the conversation she claimed her mother was a police officer. She told a teacher three days later. She was so upset she needed counselling.

Police traced Bennett through his IP address and found images of young girls on his computer and searches for child images.

Bennett, aged 29, of Parkers Hollow, Roundswell, Barnstaple, admitted two offences of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, one of distributing and three of possessing indecent images of children.

He was jailed for 20 months by Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, put on the sex offenders’ register for ten years, and made subject of a sexual harm prevention order which restricts his access to girls and use of the internet.

The judge told him they were serious offences involving a 12-year-old girl and he clearly knew her age.

He said Bennett, aged 29, engaged in sexual conversations with her and exposed himself to the girl.

“Having done it once, this conduct was further aggravated a few days later when essentially you did the same thing again.

“What you did had a very real effect on her and she understandably required counselling because of it. It has had an untold effect on her.”

Stuart Bennett appeared at Exeter Crown Court

Mr Joss Ticehurst, prosecuting, said Bennett’s first contact with the girl was on an instant messaging service but he moved it onto a webcam chat. Bennett used the false name of John Bishop and claimed to be 21.

He said:”The girl had just come home from school and was in uniform. She told him she was 12. He said he liked her uniform but she would look better out of it. He said she looked pretty and she described feeling flattered.”

He added: “Mr Ticehurst said Bennett messaged the same girl three days later and there was a second video call in which he exposed himself again. She told him to stop and claimed her mother was in the police. He asked her not to report him and said he suffered from panic attacks.

The girl took a screen shot of the instant message chat in which he asked her to flash. He said ‘go on, it’s just a bit of fun.”