Man who sought child ‘sex slave’ gets 5 years of probation

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man accused of wanting to use a child as a “sex slave” has been sentenced to five years’ probation.

The Greenville News reports 36-year-old Justin Teeter Bensing of Myrtle Beach pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal solicitation of a minor.

Greenville County court records show Bensing, who has been diagnosed with autism, was sentenced Aug. 9 to 10 years in prison, which was reduced to five years’ probation.

Bensing was accused of soliciting an undercover officer he thought was a child. Arrest warrants said Bensing asked if she was “ready to be a full-time baby maker and sex slave.”

Defense attorney James Brehm says Bensing was joking when cellphone records showed Bensing discussed cannibalism with someone in an unrelated chat several months before a sting operation.