Disgraced British reality TV star Andrew Bennett was jailed on Thursday for sexually assaulting a teenager last year.
The 47-year-old, best known for starring in the popular British reality TV show Gogglebox, has pleaded guilty one count of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and two counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child.
Bennett was sentenced to 29 months in prison at a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court on Thursday, according to a press release from prosecutors.
The court heard the disgraced reality star take pictures with his teenage victim before pinning him on a couch, leaving a hickey on his neck. He then lured the teenager into the bedroom for sex, BBC News reported.
Bennett, who lives in Sunderland, has been asked to put himself on the sex offender register. He is also subject to a five-year restraining order and must comply with a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.
Prosecutor Glenn Gatland said Bennett told the teenager he was gay before asking if his victim was. The victim responded by saying it wasn’t him, BBC News reported.
“The defendant started putting his hands down his pants again, then he told him to turn away from him and started kissing his neck and giving him a love bite,” Gatland told the court.
Senior Crown Prosecutor Andrew Jones said in a press release that during his initial interview with police, Bennett “denied touching his victim.”
He claimed “only to have spoken to the boy at the time of the alleged attacks, but then claimed his behavior was influenced by diet pills when he was shown further physical evidence,” Jones added.
“Bennett carried out these attacks in a selfish pursuit of his own sexual gratification, and the impact on this boy was significant,” Jones concluded.
Bennett appeared in season 12 of the reality TV show in 2018. The show documents the reactions of different households across the UK when watching TV from their homes over the past week.
Gogglebox officials declined to comment.