Police are reviewing YouTube remarks made in videos by controversial UKIP candidate Carl Benjamin, also known as the vlogger Sargon of Akkad.
In a 2014 clip that forms part of a file passed to Wiltshire police, Benjamin was in conversation with YouTuber Justicar about the age of sexual consent.
Benjamin said: ‘I can be quoted as saying you can f*** young boys.
‘It’s actually not as controversial as you think.
‘Depends on the child, doesn’t it?
‘The ancient Greeks were pederasts.
‘It was considered to be normal.
‘It was mentoring.’
When approached for comment by the Mail on Sunday, Benjamin said: ‘It was an abstract conversation.’
The newspaper reported that a dossier had been passed to police by a senior UKIP whistleblower.
A UKIP spokesman said that the party is aware of the investigation, and that Benjamin remains a candidate.
He did not offer further comment.
Other incidents from the candidate’s social media career have brought the party under fire.
UKIP’s leader Gerard Batten has defended Benjamin for offensive tweets, such one in which the candidate said he ‘wouldn’t even rape’ MP Jess Phillips, in a tweet directed at her.
MORE: Rape tweet to MP was ‘satire’, says UKIP leaderMORE: UKIP leader storms out of interview over defence of ‘rape tweet’ candidateMORE: Labour MP destroys UKIP leader over candidate’s rape ‘joke’ to Jess PhillipsDespite Batten’s defence, Benjamin’s candidacy has sparked resignations from within the party, including MEP Jane Collins.
‘To have people like him on the list for the party is something I find disgusting,’ she said.
‘And to hear Gerard Batten on national TV … defending this man’s use of rape as satire made me sick to my stomach’.