1. Man convicted of sexual assault against his three-year-old daughter gives sickening excuse.
Henry Vincent Bennett, 26, was arrested last February after his daughter made disturbing statements to relatives and child advocacy workers that she had been sexually abused.
In one statement, the child said that Bennett had placed his “butt on her butt.” She made a Play-Doh model of a penis and said it was Bennett’s “butt,” the Bluefield Daily Telegraph reported child advocacy worker Cindy Lambert as testifying last week.
Bennett originally denied the assaults but then bizarrely claimed the two nighttime incidents were accidental.
In one instance, Bennett said he "accidentally" placed a sex toy in his daughter's buttocks.
He said the other occasion, involving oral sex, happened by accident after the child crawled into the bed while his wife was away in the bathroom. He claimed he was laying on his back and did not notice that it was no longer his wife.
Bennett could now face a jail term of 80 to 270 years. He will be sentenced in March.
His wife April, 24, was arrested earlier this year and charged with child neglect.
She will be sentenced his month and could spend up to five years in prison.
If this post brings up any issues for you, you can contact Bravehearts (an organisation providing support to victims of child abuse) here.
If you are concerned about the welfare of a child you can get advice from the Child Abuse Protection Hotline by calling 1800 688 009, or visiting their website. You can also call the 24- hour Child Abuse Report Line (131 478).