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Through CCTV analysis by police Benfield was identified and arrested.
Benfield, 25, denied charges of attempted kidnap and causing actual bodily harm on Saturday, July 8, but was found guilty by a jury.
Today Benfield was sentenced to seven years' imprisonment and will serve a further three years on licence.
Jailing him Judge Tim Mousley QC told him: "A powerful inference to be drawn is that your motivation was sexual. I bear in mind the two recordings on your mobile phone, and that is consistent with a sexual attraction to young girls.” Benfield will have to serve two thirds of the sentence before he can apply for parole.
Detective Constable Cerys Powell said: “Firstly, I’d like to thank the people of the village of Ashton Keynes who were really crucial in assisting police in this case.
CCTV was very important and was provided by the local garage.
He said: “What we can take from the pre-sentence report is it seems Mr Benfield has been assessed of a low risk of reoffending.
“That is based on his previous record, the fact he has no previous: cautions or anything.” Earlier the court heard a statement from the head of the local primary school talking about the impact the incident has had on pupils and their parents.
“This incident was obviously extremely distressing and upsetting for these three young girls who were walking home from the local shop at the time – I have no doubt that Benfield’s action would have been terrifying for them.She said children previously allowed to go home alone were being collected and others were wary about walking alone to a church youth club.Benfield had stopped in sleepy Ashton Keynes on a Saturday in July as he made a lunchtime trip to shops from the stables where he worked teaching youngsters to ride.AROUND 420 jobs are set to be cut at Swindon Borough Council over the next 30 months.
The decision will see the overall workforce slashed by 15 per cent with the first job losses expected to be seen in the new year.
When he was arrested the following day he lied about what he had been wearing and where he had been the day before.