Man Sentenced To 6 Months In Jail After Sexual Assault Conviction

A Redding man has been given a break by the court for the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl in Cottonwood. 22-year-old Benjamin Russell Mandere was arrested June 27 by the Tehama County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit after the girl’s mother reported the sexual relationship between her daughter and Mendere. He was convicted on a felony charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and sentenced to 6 months in county jail and 2 years probation.