Man Who Said He Enjoyed Beating Up Prostitutes Gets 4-Year Prison Sentence

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Tyler Benson
Tyler Benson

A 25-year-old Ooltewah man who told police he had been reading about serial killer Ted Bundy and "wanted to be like him," has been given a four-year prison sentence on an assault guilty plea.

Tyler Benson had been charged with beating a known prostitute in the head with a hammer.

Dismissed were charges of especially aggravated robbery, and patronizing prostitution.

He appeared before Criminal Court Judge Don Poole.

An officer last June said he responded to a report of an assault at 1610 S. Willow St. He said he talked with Cynthia Denise Pittman, who said she had been picked up by a white male and taken near the Bojangles on E. 23rd Street. She said the man attacked her there.

Police said she had cuts on her arms, face and head.

Ms. Pittman, 39, was taken by ambulance to Erlanger Hospital.

A few days later, Benson was seen driving around Highland Park in a red Chevy SUV. He was stopped and gave police a statement.

He said he has been picking up prostitutes and trying to trick them into giving him free sex.

Benson said he had picked up Ms. Pittman and tried to rob her, but she began to fight back. He said he "did not like that she was fighting back and wanted her to be afraid and to do what he said."

He said Ms. Pittman "was putting up a good fight" so he pulled out a hammer and began to hit her in the head. He said at one point he and Ms. Pittman were fighting over a knife.

Benson also confessed "to attacking a number of unidentified prostitutes in the same manner as Ms. Pittman."

He said he "enjoyed the power he felt" while beating the prostitutes. 


 


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