May 2018

Prison for sex offender who breached order 4,400 times

A sex offender who breached an order keeping him away from children on thousands of occasions has been jailed for two years and two months.

Clive Grace had been spared prison for coaxing a girl to send him indecent pictures of herself, but put on a sexual harm prevention order to protect other youngsters.

However the 22-year-old repeatedly contacted a 14-year-old after he met her on the bus, with more than 4,400 contacts online and by phone.

Now he has been jailed for not only failing to comply with the terms of the order but also for breaching the suspended sentence, which had been imposed in June 2015.

Ian Fenny, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court that just over a year after he was put on the order his probation officer warned him about associating with the girl.

He was told on two occasions that he was prohibited from contact with young girls unless their parents were aware of his past.

Despite saying he would no longer talk to her he ignored the advice and repeatedly spoke to the child on the bus and then over social media.

The court heard that he denied to her that he had the convictions, asked her out, spoke with her about having children, and requested she give him some of her underwear.

Mr Fenny said the youngster, being about eight years his junior, was naturally flattered by the attention but her mother was concerned about his behaviour.

During the contact he took a screenshot of the girl which he sent to one of her friends, the court heard, and there is a suggestion he changed the spelling of his name.

Grace, formerly of Freshbrook, but now living in Blunsdon, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a sexual offences prevention order.

Jailing him Judge Robert Pawson said that he was regarded by the probation service as a high risk of sexual harm to children, particularly females.

He said “She did, it is right to say, return some of your calls. She texted you back. As Mr Fenny has rightly put it, that is one of the very seasons this order was made.

“Children need protection not only from adults but also from their own naivety. She told you she was 14. You were aged between 21 and 22.”

June 2015

Man who coaxed girl, 11, to take indecent pictures of herself spared immediate jail term

A MAN who coaxed an 11-year-old girl to take indecent pictures of herself and send them to him has walked free from court after a judge said ‘I don’t consider this to be a particularly serious case’.

Clive Grace, 20, pretended to be a 12-year-old boy when he first encouraged the primary school aged youngster to send him pictures of herself with no clothes on.

And when police arrested him he said: “I’m not innocent this time mum: I did receive pictures. She said she was 13. I know it was wrong. Then I think I encouraged it.”

Despite saying he had not show remorse for what he had done a judge at Swindon Crown Court decided to give him ‘a chance’ and passed a suspended sentence.

Recorder David Bartlett said as there had not been a contact offence it put what he had done into a lower bracket and so he could suspend the sentence.

He told his lawyer: “What I think he should know, and I will try to spell it out to him, is that he is getting a chance and I am aware of at least some of his problems.

“I don’t consider this to be a particularly serious case, This kind of behaviour has the potential to escalate into something very much worse unless it is treated.

“With a man of good character it seems to me I can take a chance with the stick of a suspended sentence and the carrot of supervision that can divert him away from this type of behaviour.

“He should understand his use of the internet is going to be very much restricted and overlooked by the police.”

He imposed an 18-month jail term suspended for two years, during which time he would be under supervision of the probation service.

He told Grace: “You have been to special school and you have both physical and mental learning difficulties and that you have some history of inappropriate behaviour of a sexualised behaviour which has not hitherto come before the criminal courts.

“One of the most concerning aspects is your absence of remorse, and it is one factor that gives me cause for thought, but I conclude that is because of your learning difficulties rather than immaturity and disregard for the victim’s feelings.

“One would hope that the supervising officer would deal with your sexual deviance on a one to one basis and try to move you away from the type of behaviour that has led you to this court.”

He also imposed a sexual harm prevention order banning him from having any device which could connect to the internet without police permission for ten years, the same period for which he must register as a sex offender.

Earlier Claire Marlow, prosecuting, said that Grace first contacted the little girl on Facebook, lying about his age.

The court heard that he initially pretended to be just 12, later saying he was 16.

He claimed that she initially said she was 13, but messages retrieved from their machines showed he knew her real age before getting the indecent images.

Miss Marlow said: “She and the defendant started talking to one another. During the course of their discussions he asked her for photographs of her, including poses where she had her underwear on and later exposing her breasts and genitalia.”

She said the girl told the police she had inadvertently send him the pictures when she was trying to store them on her computer last October.

Grace, of Godolphin Close, Freshbrook, pleaded guilty to causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and three counts of possessing indecent images of a child.

Tony Bignall, defending, said told the court that his client had a number of issues with both learning difficulties and physical problems for which he takes a large amount of medication.

“The fear is he would suffer disproportionately if an immediate custodial sentence was imposed,” he said.

June 2015

Jail warning to man who encouraged girl, 11, to send indecent pictures of herself

A MAN who encouraged an 11-year-old girl to send him indecent pictures of herself has been told to register as a sex offender.

And when Clive Grace asked a judge if ‘sentencing’ meant him going to prison he was told ‘You should prepare yourself for that’, as the case was adjourned.

The 19-year-old pleaded guilty to causing or inciting a child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity.

He encouraged the 11-year-old girl to send him indecent images between Friday, October 24, and Tuesday, October 28, last year.

And Grace, of Godolphin Close, Freshbrook, also pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing indecent photographs of a child.

Tony Bignall, defending, asked for the case to be adjourned so the probation service can compile a pre-sentence report on his client.

“He is a 19-year-old man, he has learning difficulties and some physical difficulties as well,” he told Swindon Crown Court.

Judge Tim Mousley QC asked what the defendant had said when he was questioned by the police.

Hannah Squire, prosecuting, said: “It was a mixed interview: there was some comment. He didn’t admit to the offences in interview.

“He said he thought the victim in the offence was 13. He said there were friends on Facebook but he had never exchanged any indecent images on his phone.”

Agreeing to a pre-sentence report the judge said “All sentencing options are open: I would have thought an immediate custodial sentence will be inevitable.”

Adjourning the case and releasing him on conditional bail, he said “Clive Grace, stand up, you have pleaded guilty to these serious offences.

“As you have heard me say the likelihood is there will be an immediate custodial sentence.

“A pre-sentence report is essential to help the judge who sentences you. You will come back to the court on June 19.

“Any of the conditions on your bail, if you breach, you will find yourself in custody. If you fail to attend you are likely to be sentenced in your absence.”

Speaking from the dock Grace then asked: “What does it mean if I am sentenced: does it mean I will be going to prison?” to which the judge replied “Well you should prepare yourself for that.”

Grace will now have to register as a sex offender, telling the police where he is living, with the total time he will have to continue registering decided by the sentence imposed.