‘I wish I could have jailed you for 20 years’

Michael Graham, convicted of ten counts of abusing young boys in the Emley area, Huddersfield. He now lives in Park Road, St Annes
Michael Graham, convicted of ten counts of abusing young boys in the Emley area, Huddersfield. He now lives in Park Road, St Annes
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A JUDGE has told of his frustration at not being able to jail a sick paedophile for 20 years after convicting him of horrific abuse against young boys.

Michael Graham was convicted by a jury of 10 counts of sexual abuse against five boys 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 stood emotionless as Judge Jonathan Rose, berated him for his crimes and his refusal to admit guilt.

Judge Rose 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.”

The court heard that Graham began grooming youngsters when he was 19 near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

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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, now of Park Road, St Annes, 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.

Judge Rose said: “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, who appeared at Bradford Crown Court, 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.

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