March 2021

Paedophile spared prison after breaching SOPO

Sex offender Peter Jones has been spared jail despite breaching the requirements of the sex offenders’ register in several ways.

The 75-year-old, formerly known as Graham Klein, was placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years in 2011 for indecently assaulting a girl under 14.

But he breached the requirements by failing to inform the police he changed his name; opened new bank accounts; obtained a new passport; and by failing to complete his annual registration.

Now Jones has been sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

Prosecutor Lynette McClement said the defendant was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 24 months, on November 18, 2011 for indecently assaulting a girl aged under 14. He was placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

“He was required to inform the police of any change of name, any new bank account or new passports. He was also required to complete his annual registration,” she said.

“On July 23, 2014 he signed a deed poll changing his name from Graham Klein to Peter Jones. At no point, did he inform the police he was using the name Peter Jones.

“On August 2, 2014, with Cheshire Police, he was required to complete a ‘change of address’ form. He signed it as Graham Klein.

“On August 1, 2015 he signed the form as Graham Klein. On January 11, 2016 the ‘change of address’ form was completed and signed as Graham Klein. On October 6, 2017 he obtained a passport in the name of Graham Klein, but did not register it with the police as he was required to do.

“On December 15, 2017, he signed a form with Cheshire Police to say there were no changes. On December 18, 2018, with Cheshire Police, he was required to sign a ‘no changes’ form and he signed it as Graham Klein.

“On October 22, 2019, with Staffordshire Police, he had to fill in a ‘change of address form’ and he signed it as Graham Klein.

“On October 23, 2019, with Staffordshire Police, he filled in a bank account form and provided details of a Post Office account and signed it as Graham Klein.

“On October 23, 2020 he failed to complete the annual registration as required.

“When arrested on November 5, 2020 he was found to have a Barclays Bank account and a Barclays personal account in the name of Peter Jones and a NatWest account. He had failed to inform the police of any of the accounts.

“Police also recovered British Gas and council tax documents in the name of Jones.”

In his police interview, the defendant said he believed he was on the register for eight years and not 10. He claimed he had called Longton police station seven times to complete the October 23, 2020 registration but the phone had not been answered. He said he did not think he had to register bank details with the police.

When asked why he kept the name Klein for some things and not for others, he said he did not want some people to know his new name.

Ms McClement added: “He changed his name from an unusual name to a common name. If he were to introduce himself to other people as Peter Jones, there was clear potential to hide his past from them. If you search for Graham Klein, articles can be found. But if you google Peter Jones, they do not.

“He could live a separate life which would be undetectable to police.”

Jones, of Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to six charges of failing to comply with the notification requirements of the sex offenders’ register.

As part of the suspended sentence, Jones must complete a rehabilitation activity requirement for 30 days and a three-month electronically-monitored curfew from 7pm to 7am.

August 2012

Tittensor pervert pensioner Graham Klein fails to overturn conviction on human rights violation grounds

A pensioner found guilty of molesting two young girls four decades ago has failed in a bid to convince top judges that his trial was unfair and violated his human rights.

Graham Klein was handed an eight-month suspended sentence at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court in November last year after a jury convicted him of five counts of indecent assault.

November 2011

Pensioner in sex crimes spared jail

Pensioner Graham Klein, who indecently assaulted two girls, has been handed a suspended prison sentence.

The 66-year-old, of Winghouse Lane, Tittensor, below, denied six charges of indecent assault but was convicted by a jury of five counts at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on October 27.

He was cleared of the sixth count on the direction of trial Judge Robert Trevor-Jones.

Andrew Baker, mitigating, yesterday urged the judge to pull back from sending Klein straight to prison.

He said the offences were committed between 40 and 32 years ago and involved touching the girls over their clothing. One charge involved touching one of the victim’s breasts under her clothing.

Mr Baker conceded the offences crossed the custody threshold, but, he said, there was an alternative to immediate custody.

He said of the defendant: “He is aged 66 and is in very, very poor health.”

The court heard that Klein’s partner had a serious accident in 2009, is effectively housebound and can only walk a few yards.

Mr Baker said Klein would have no-one but himself to blame if he was sent to prison.

But, he argued, if the defendant was sent into custody, he would be released very soon and there would be no support for him on his release.

Instead, Mr Baker argued that a community sex offenders’ programme would be more beneficial for Klein and for society.

“At least, he may recognise what he has done and the impact on his victims,” said Mr Baker.

He added: “If he went to prison it would a profound effect on his partner. She does not deserve that as a result of what he has done.”

Judge Trevor-Jones told Klein: “You were convicted after a trial which was made necessary by your continued denial of any sexual impropriety to any of these now mature complainants. Both had to come to court and give evidence and relive the memories of a long time ago.

“You effectively tried to hoodwink the jury.

“Your manner was manipulative, conceited and arrogant. But the jury saw through your denials.”

The judge said the offences were not the most serious indecent assaults.

But he said there were two victims and the offending was repeated on one victim.

Judge Trevor-Jones said that with a degree of hesitation, he could suspend the operation of the sentence.

He said this was, in part, because Klein was in very poor health.

But, he said, he was more concerned for the defendant’s partner.

The judge added that the amount of time since the offences were committed was another factor.

He sentenced Klein to eight months in prison, suspended for two years, with two years’ supervision and a requirement that he participates in the community sex offenders’ programme.

Klein, who despite the convictions, remains in a state of denial, will be on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and was formally disqualified from working with children.