Senate President's Son Gets Plea Deal

Published: Apr. 3, 2006 at 9:49 PM MST|Updated: Apr. 15, 2006 at 1:31 PM MST
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From the KOLD News 13 Newsroom
Posted:  4/3/06

The son of Arizona Senate President Ken Bennett may not see prison time, though he confessed that he and another counselor sodomized 18 boys with broomsticks and flashlights at a youth camp in June.

The victims include three Tucson boys.

A judge in Phoenix has accepted a plea bargain for Clifton Bennett.

Bennett pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault. He could receive probation or up to two years in prison.

The prosecuting attorney calls the "broomsticking" a hazing ritual, but legal experts say the acts clearly fit the definition of sexual assault.

Bennett's sentencing is set for mid-May.