Quote:An internationally renowned artist who avoided prison after being found guilty of a string of sex charges against children will see his sentence referred to the Court of Appeal for being unduly lenient, the Attorney General’s Office has said.
Graham Ovenden, from Cornwall, received 12 months’ imprisonment suspended for two years after he was convicted of six charges of indecency with a child and one allegation of indecent assault relating to three girls.
The Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC MP, has decided to refer the 70-year-old’s case to the Court of Appeal where judges will decide whether or not to increase the sentence handed down by Judge Graham Cottle at Plymouth Crown Court in June.
A spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s Office said: 'Having carefully reviewed this case, the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC MP, has decided to refer the sentence of Graham Ovenden to the Court of Appeal for review.
'The case will in due course be heard by three Court of Appeal judges who will decide whether or not the sentence is unduly lenient and whether they should increase the sentence.'
Meanwhile it has emerged the Met Police are investigating claims that victims of Ovenden have been identified.
'Enquiries are underway and no arrests have been made,' a spokesman for the force said.
Victims and complainants of sexual offences are entitled to lifelong anonymity.
Ovenden, who studied under the so-called 'Godfather of Pop-Art' Sir Peter Blake, abused children as young as six who posed for his paintings in the 1970s and '80s.
The artwork - much celebrated in galleries across the world at the height of his commercial popularity - formed part of a ruse for abusing girls at his studio in Cornwall and former home in Hounslow, west London, where he would make them dress in Victorian clothing before removing it and committing indecent acts.
(07-04-2013, 04:42 AM)Anonymous Kritter Wrote: And where were these kids' parents?? What parent with half a brain in their head would allow a six year old alone with some man?
Just like the parents who allowed their children to be with michael jackson...
Gold diggers who intentionally place their children in harms way because they're warped and possessed by greed...
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