Honiton grandfather jailed after admitting possessing indecent images

PUBLISHED: 14:00 10 May 2016 | UPDATED: 10:18 11 May 2016

Graham Blissett.

Graham Blissett.

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A grandfather has been jailed after he persuaded a paedophile in Australia to send him pictures of young boys being abused.

Graham Blissett already had a previous conviction for downloading images from the internet when he was caught doing it again on two different occasions.

The search histories on his laptops showed he had hunted for images of young and adolescent nudist boys and had also been in touch with a suspected abuser in his native Australia.

Blissett went out and bought a new laptop when police seized his first computer and used it to access more images and movies after wiping monitoring software installed by the public protection team.

The 71-year-old grandfather was well known in the community in Honiton, where he was the captain of his local skittles team.

Blissett, of Westcott Way, Honiton, admitted 13 offences of possessing indecent images and was jailed for a total of 20 months by Recorder Mr Stephen Parish, at Exeter Crown Court.

He told him: “I note that details of the movies include entitled ‘Slide show for Graham from Billy’. You are Graham and Billy is a contact in Australia. There is an explanation as to how the producer of the movie knows the boys.

“This indicates how relatively close you were to the abuse of the boys concerned. You admitted the first offences but then purchased a new lap top.

“When you upgraded to Windows 10, it had the effect of, which I accept was not deliberate, of removing the police monitoring programme. You then downloaded more images of young children.

“If that was not bad enough, you have a conviction from 2006 for possession of indecent images for which you received a community order.

“Despite your age, your guilty pleas, and ill health, I am quite unable to deal with this by anything other than an immediate sentence.

“The aggravating features are your previous conviction, the young age of some of the children, the presence of movies as well as still images, and the deliberate searching for these images.”

Mr Michael Brown, prosecuting, said Blissett was first convicted of similar offences in 2006 and was being monitored as a registered sex offender.

Police searched his home in November 2014 and seized equipment on which they found 12 stills and 45 movies of boys aged ten to 15 including 21 movies at category A which shows serious abuse.

There was a delay while the images were analysed and in October 2015 he got a new laptop on which police software was installed which should have alerted officers if he accessed any inappropriate sites.

He upgraded the computer and although he informed the police they did not reinstall the programme. His home was searched again in February this year and 40 fresh images were found, some showing young girls and boys.

Mr Peter Seigne said Blissett is a divorcee with two daughters and grandchildren but at the time he was lonely, isolated and depressed.

He said he is originally from Australia but came to Britain in 1967 to avoid being drafted to fight in the Vietnam War. He had raised a family in Britain but never been truly happy.

Mr Seigne said: “He was a very lonely man and a very confused man in terms of his sexuality. It is almost impossible for people of his generation to talk about homosexuality.

“He wants me to stress he is deeply ashamed of what he has done. He is desperate for help and grateful to his friends in Honiton who he feared would shun him, but this has not been the case.

“He is captain of a skittles team and they voted for him to stay even when these offences became known.”


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