September 2012

Judge’s regret at inability to jail Emley paedophile for 20 years as he gets just four years for attacks on boys

A MAN who sexually abused young boys has been branded a “deviant, depraved paedophile” by a judge.

Michael Graham was convicted by a jury of 10 counts of sexual abuse against five boys in the Emley area between 1987 and 1992.

The 43-year-old was found guilty of simulating sexual intercourse with a six-year-old and committing indecent assaults on four other boys aged between six and 11.

None of the victims can be identified for legal reasons.

Graham, who appeared in the dock at Bradford Crown Court yesterday, stood emotionless as Judge Jonathan Rose, berated him for his crimes and his refusal to admit guilt.

The court heard that Graham began grooming youngsters when he was 19.

The boys’ parents would often entrust him to look after them and he was allowed to take them to his own home on one occasion.

Graham also lured youngsters with offers of lollipops and promises to see animals, including a pet rabbit.

He then forced them to witness sexual acts, subjected them to indecent assaults and showed them vile pornographic images in magazines and on videos.

Jailing him for four years, Judge Rose slammed Graham for his “breach of trust” and said he was a “despicable” human being.

And he said if the law had allowed him, he would have jailed him for up to 20 years – four years for each victim.

He said: “You may have been a young man but you were not so young as to be unaware of the unlawful immorality of what you were doing.’’

Judge Rose said Graham – now of Park Road, St Annes near Blackpool – had offered his victims lollipops to undress, bought them birthday presents and had hung around near children’s play areas.

He continued: “These are deviant, depraved, paedophilic offences, committed over a significant period of time with a number of boys, without thought for them and only for your own sexual pleasure.

“You have not shown a single ounce of remorse for what you’ve done.

“You denied it at interview, at trial and continue to do so now.

“You’ve caused these young men to relive painful memories. At interview you called the people making the allegations despicable.

“You are wrong – there’s only one despicable person and it is you.

“You are despised for what you have done.”

Graham will serve half his four-year sentence, less the 70 days he has served on remand.

He will be subject to a Sexual Offences Provision Order and will have to sign the Sexual Offences Register indefinitely