May 2022

Gogglebox star abused young boy

Gogglebox star Andrew Bennett has been jailed for a sex attack on an underage schoolboy.

The 47-year-old reality star, who featured in the 12th series of the Channel 4 show alongside his best friend Fawn was sentenced to 29 months in prison and ordered to sign the sex offenders register.

It comes after Bennett of Gleneagles Road, Sunderland cornered the teenage victim at a house and subjected him to an attack that left him ‘in tears’ and suffering flashbacks.

The court was told that the attacker, who initially denied the assault, took selfies with the boy before cornering him at the property, while under the influence of alcohol.

Bennett asked his victim if he was gay, which the teen said he wasn’t, but continued to pursue him.

The defendant started to put his hands down his pants again then told him to turn away from him and started kissing him on the back of his neck and gave him a lovebite.”

The court heard that the Gogglebox star then told his victim “if he was straight he would tell him he didn’t want him touching his penis.

The teenage boy then went on to remind Andrew that he was a child and the star told him: “Stop, you are making me feel bad.”

Unwilling to take no for an answer, the star continued to pursue the boy and at one point even tried to entice him upstairs to a bedroom for oral sex, with his teenage victim then fleeing the house “in tears”.

Andrew Bennett forced himself upon his young victim, touching him inappropriately before attempting to incite him into further sexual acts.

‘During his first interview with police Bennett denied having touched his victim, claiming only to have spoken to the boy at the time of the alleged attacks, but then claimed that his behaviour had been affected by slimming tablets when further physical evidence was shown to him.