Leicester

Man jailed over Leicester street sex attacks

Neil Bentley
Image caption Bentley must serve at least three years in jail

A sex attacker who admitted a string of assaults on women in Leicester has been given an indeterminate sentence.

Neil Bentley, 37, of Bendbow Rise, Braunstone, roamed the streets at night and grabbed his victims from behind.

At Leicester Crown Court on Monday, he was issued with an indeterminate sentence for public protection (IPP) and must serve at least three years.

Bentley previously pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual assault and two counts of extreme pornography.

'Sexual predator'

He will also be on the sex offenders register for life and was issued with a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

The court heard he was arrested in May 2009 when his DNA was found at the scene of two offences after police began an operation to deal with reported assaults.

Operation Quayside, which began in April 2009 in the West End and Clarendon Park areas, also warned women about the offences.

Det Insp Andy Allden said: "In our view, Bentley is a serious sexual predator and the sentencing clearly demonstrates that the courts agree with us.

"Women throughout Leicestershire can feel safe in the knowledge that he is now behind bars and I hope all the victims feel justice has been done and are happy that the man who attacked them is paying for his crimes."

Leicestershire Police have appealed for any victims who had not yet come forward to contact them.

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