A Prolific Left-Wing Paedophile who used social media to stalk Joshua Bonehill after being exposed by the Daily Bale has been imprisoned today.
The Paedophile known as Graham Ovenden has been jailed for two years and three months for sexual offences against children, after the appeal court ruled that an earlier non-custodial sentence was “unduly lenient”.
Ovenden, 70, who is best known for explicit portraits of young naked girls, was given a suspended sentence in the summer after being convicted in April, at Truro crown court, of offences against girls as young as six.
Graham Ovenden, who is a keen forager, was first exposed by the Daily Bale as being a Paedophile. Joshua Bonehill had been arrested under the Malicious communications and Harrasment act for exposing Graham and further sentenced in Yeovil magistrates court to 2 years probation in doing so.
In spite of being exposed, vile paedophile Ovenden turned up to Bonehill’s court cases and indeed his home where he made several threats towards Mr. Bonehill.
At Plymouth crown court in June the judge, Graham Cottle, ruled that Ovenden was no longer a threat to children, and said that his offences, which took place in the 1970s and 80s, happened before the current laws protecting children against sexual predators were introduced.
Mr. Ovenden would use a number of online aliases to attack his victims, even using several fake names whilst speaking to the media in order to explain his actions.
On Wednesday, the lord chief justice, Lord Thomas, sitting with two other judges in London, said Ovenden had not shown a “shred of remorse” for his victims. He ruled that the sentence should not have been suspended and that the correct total to be imposed was a term of 27 months.
The attorney general, Dominic Grieve, had asked the appeal court to consider whether Ovenden had been treated too leniently, following an outcry by campaigners working with abused children.
Speaking after the appeal court decision on Wednesday, Grieve said: “Graham Ovenden committed terrible sexual offences against vulnerable young girls who were in his charge and ought to have felt safe. He manipulated them and abused his position of trust.
Pritchard May, Reporting for Daily Bale news
“It is right that sexual crimes – whether committed many years ago or more recently – should be punished appropriately. Today the court affirmed this and sent a clear message that people who have behaved in this way in the past will face the consequences through the courts.”