January 2020

Pervert teacher jailed for making upskirt videos in Derby Asda

A perverted former teacher who made scores of upskirt videos of women and girls has been jailed.

Dad-of-one Ian Bensley made more than 100 videos over a three-year period, many of which had been filmed in an Asda in Derby.

Derby Crown Court heard that he had also made five clips of girls aged 16 or under, discovered when police seized his phone and laptop, in July 2018.

As well as a custodial sentence, Bensley has lost his job and his relationship has broken down.

The court heard how the 38-year-old also had a combination of more than 100 indecent images of children from categories A, B and C, category A being the most serious of the three.

Judge Jonathan Bennett, who presided over the case, could not justify handing Bensley a suspended sentence and imposed immediate custody for his actions.

Before being taken down to the cells for his first taste of prison, smartly dressed Bensley looked forlorn.

Upskirting is a highly-intrusive practice which typically involves someone taking a picture under another person’s clothing without their knowledge, with the intention of viewing their genitals or buttocks, with or without underwear.

It first became an offence in April this year, under the Voyeurism Act. It is treated as a sex crime and offenders risk being placed on the sex offenders register.

He said: “Your life changed on July 4, 2018. At this stage you were employed as a teacher, living with your partner and had a young child. Police came to your address on that occasion and seized your laptop and mobile phone.

“They found indecent images of children. It is always a serious matter as it involves real children involved in abuse. What differentiates you from so many people is the upskirting, three charges of outraging public decency.

“Charge four you have five incidents of upskirting all of children under 16. You had 131 recordings of adult females.

“It is right to point out that some children have been identified, but I should make it clear none of the children were at the school where you were and there is no abuse of trust or anything of that nature.

“You have no previous convictions and that is often the case for people who come before the court for indecent images.

“Your life has changed. Your long-term relationship is over. You have lost your job. You are never going to teach again.

“I have been toying with the idea of suspending the sentence, but upskirting, in my view, is a particularly aggravating feature. I cannot suspend the sentence.

“The appropriate punishment is immediate custody.”

Kevin Webster, prosecuting, told the court that Bensley had previously pleaded guilty to the nine charges put to him when he appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court in November.

He told the court he had 48 class A, 38 class B and 83 class C indecent images.

Bensley had 131 upskirting videos of adult females as well as five videos of children aged 16 or under.

He said: “All examples of upskirting were made by the defendant. There was no peer-to-peer and no internet browsing.

“Many of which were around people in Asda (in Derby). So far as one can tell, a phone was perhaps held at arms length and the camera was upwards.

“Suggestive of either placing at the bottom of his own basket or on the floor itself.”

Mr Webster told the court he was arrested on July 4, 2018, but was not charged until October 24, 2019. He revealed he had searched for key terms, including Lolita.

Bensley, of Ocean Court, Derby, pleaded guilty to six charges of making an indecent photograph or pseudo-photograph of a child and three charges of outraging public decency, relating to the upskirting offences, at an earlier hearing.

Dressed in a black suit, with a grey shirt, short hair and beard, he sat in the dock in Court 4 at Derby Crown Court looking sorry for himself.

As his sentence was passed, his head was bowed down low. He had one hand clasped over the other at his waist.

On learning he was to be imprisoned for 12 months for his actions, he put his head in his hand.

He was also placed on a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years.