November 2010

Paedophile jailed after 25 years of child sex abuse

A paedophile who abused a young boy while his alcoholic mother drank in a pub has been jailed for eight years.

Graham Glennie, 51, also built up a massive collection of thousands of pornographic images of children, Peterborough Crown Court was told.

He was persuaded to hand himself in to the police by his landlady after the “disgusting” pictures of children were found by a friend who was repairing Glennie’s laptop computer.

Glennie, of no fixed address, but who was staying in St Ives, admitted 16 offences of making indecent images of children and a further nine offences involving indecency.

Judge Neil McKittrick told Glennie: “The offences represent offending behaviour against children going back 25 years.

“I have decided that you do represent a significant risk of serious harm to the public.” Judge McKittrick banned Glennie from working with children indefinitely and also put him on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

A sexual offences prevention order, which restricts Glennie’s future access to children and computer equipment, was made, along with an order to confiscate and destroy his computers.

Sally Hobson, prosecuting, said Glennie had returned to St Ives after living in Turkey for three years and had been staying with a friend.

He asked the friend if she knew of anyone who could repair his computer and the images of child pornography were found by the repairer, who called in Glennie’s landlady.

Miss Hobson said: “She was so disgusted by what she had seen she could not look at anything else and decided to confront the defendant.”

She said that in 1998 Glennie had befriended a woman at a pub in St Ives and invited her son, who was aged about 8, back to his flat in the town while she drank. He indecently assaulted the boy over a period of about four months.

Miss Hobson said that Glennie had indecently assaulted two girls and while he was in Turkey had also indecently assaulted boys and had taken pictures of them.

More than 60,000 pornographic images were found on Glennie’s computer, nearly 6,000 of which were child pornography.

Claire Matthews, defending, said Glennie was a man of previous good character.

“He made full and candid admissions from the outset. It was something of a relief to find himself in court,” she said.

Miss Matthews said Glennie had served in the RAF for 13 years and had profound hearing loss as a result of working with aircraft. He had also suffered a severe stroke, which had left him partially paralysed.