DENVER (CBS4) – The Denver man convicted of sexually assaulting children at the a church day care center was given the maximum sentence in court on Friday.

Benjamin Janicki, 20, pleaded guilty in May to two counts of first degree assault and two counts of attempted sexual assault on a child. He molested nine children, between the ages of three and five, at the Park Hill United Methodist Church.

Janicki worked as an aid at Park Hill United last summer when he was 19.

Janicki’s sentence is for 40 years in prison. It also includes 10 years of sex offender intensive supervised probation — that means he’ll be under a strict watch when he gets out of prison. If he violates that probation, he will have to go back to prison for possibly an additional 12 years.

Janicki will have to serve at least 75 percent of the prison sentence because it is designated as a crime of violence.

At Thursday’s sentencing, three parents spoke about the chaos and devastation the abused has caused their children, their families as well as the day care center, the church and the community. A letter was read from another family.

A Denver police detective also spoke during the sentencing. He said the Janicki would refer to himself as the “Tickle Monster” except that the tickling turned into molestation. The detective said Janicki took innocent games that parents might play with their children and turned them into sex games.

Parents at the sentencing talked about how their children were forced to watch Janicki molest other kids right in front of them. One parent said while they were all on a camping trip with Janicki, he was molesting children on the bus. In this case, the woman was only standing a few yards away and didn’t know what was happening.

Janicki would fill his pockets with candy and lure the children onto the bus.

At the sentencing, families talked about how the abuse tore them apart, and even turned them on each other.

“People want to spread the blame around, so obviously friendships were broken from this, trust was broken, kids were torn out of their peer groups. I can just say that what he did left such a level of chaos,” said the mother of one victim Judy Walgren.

Janicki’s mother, aunt and grandparents spoke to the judge. His mother, Patty Janicki, said, “Ben is an incredibly caring person who looks to help others before he helps himself. I will be here to assist Ben and support him through this and I ask that you provide him with a chance.”

Janicki did speak to the judge, although he was nearly incomprehensible during the sentencing hearing. He repeatedly told the judge that he denied being guilty of the disgusting accusations. Janicki claimed he wouldn’t harm children and that he would rather harm himself. He said the children must have misunderstood him.

Comments (7)
  1. Joecode says:

    I’m confused. At the beginning of the article it says he pleaded guilty, but at the end of the article it says he continually denied being guilty. Did he enter a guilty plea and then try to retract it during sentencing?

  2. Sagewy says:

    Im confused also. First, forty years is more than people get for murder. Child molester seems to be the key word to violate all sense of reason. I am thinking he was mumbling about being guilty for all charges. Sounds like some drama was going on in that church. Did he actually rape a child or tickle a child inappropiatly? Was this the Jerry Springer Court Room?

  3. G says:

    This is what white trash does!!!! What did we expect.

    1. A says:

      he;s mentally ill not trash; what he did was horrible but the entire situation is distressing; sad for everyone concerned

  4. Survivor says:

    Anyone with questions, please read 5280 magazine’s in depth article, The End of Innocence, from March 2011 and the following letters to the editor in the May and June editions of the magazine, to get a more clear picture of what happened and who is responsible and accountable for the creation of the environments in which sad situations like this can take place.

    The system consisting of regulations, inspections, oversight, administrative and teacher training, and direct classroom supervision needs improvement, I believe. Some schools do a good job, some not so good. We want all of our schools to be able to provide safe places for our children.

  5. george says:

    He’s gonna get morew time than that idiot in Norway! Funny world.

  6. george says:

    Very strange. He pleabargained for the max sentence!? Usualy, pleabargains are to plead to lesser charges so that you avoid the possibility of maximum sentence and avoid long drawn out court proceedings.
    Unless he was guilty, why would he pleabargain for max sentence?
    Looks like tickle me elmo is gonna pay dearly for his misunderstood tickle sessions.

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