November 2020

Kendal man jailed for child sex offences

A man who attempted to groom a person he believed to be a child into sexual activity has been jailed for five years.

Aron Bennett, aged 39, of Wildman Street, Kendal, was sentenced on 6 November at Preston Crown Court for the following offences:

  • Attempt to cause/incite a girl 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity

  • Send by public communication network an indecent message

  • Attempt to arrange / facilitate the commission of a child sex offence

  • Adult attempt to engage in sexual communication with a child

Bennett’s offences came to light when officers were passed information by an online paedophile hunting team

The group had used an adult decoy who posed as a 13-year-old girl. Bennett contacted the decoy in March 2018 attempting to engage them in sexual communication.

Bennett sent numerous indecent messages over the subsequent days.

Once the information was passed to officers, Bennett was quickly arrested.