November 2015

Dangerous paedophile jailed after sexually assaulting a vulnerable schoolboy

Graham Staples

A DANGEROUS paedophile was working as a volunteer for a South Devon charity when he sexually assaulted a vulnerable teenager in a tool shed, a court has been told.

Graham Staples, 54, failed to tell the conservation trust he worked with for five years that he was a registered sex offender.

He was jailed for two years and given an extended licence period of four years by the judge at Exeter Crown Court who branded him a danger to the public.

The court was told Staples, of Exeter Road, Teignmouth, had approached the schoolboy in a tool shed and sexually assaulted him. He would then follow him and send him invitations to come to his home.

The boy’s parents told the police after noticing his mood had changed and he started to display worrying mental health problems.

The victim told police he ‘felt like he was going to break’ when Staples assaulted him and wanted to kill himself.

His parents say his condition is now improved though they still feel like they are ‘walking on eggshells’ with him.

Staples told police he assumed the agency who had placed him with the charity had told them about his past.

In 2002 Staples was convicted at Leicester Crown Court of attempted buggery on a boy under 16 and six indecent assaults on the same male who was aged between 12 and 16.

But Recorder James Waddington QC said Staples had been identified as someone with a ‘sexual preoccupation’ and there were concerns from a group he had worked with about how he was managing his ‘obsession’ with sex.

“You took advantage of this very vulnerable young victim and sexually assaulted him,” he said.

“He told police he was very upset and on one occasion felt like killing himself.”

He added: “I consider that based on the evidence I see there is a significant risk to members of the public of serious harm occasioned by you of committing further specified offences.

“You have a bad record for this type of offence now and it’s noticeable that although you were subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order that didn’t stop you and you didn’t inform anyone about it and what it meant.

“You got yourself in a position where you effectively groomed and assaulted this vulnerable victim.”

Staples, who admitted sexual assault, must serve half of his two year punishment in jail but will be subject to an extended licence period when he is released of four years.

June 2015

Registered sex offender admits abusing vulnerable teenage boy

A registered sex offender has admitted abusing a vulnerable 17-year-old boy while working with him as a conservation volunteer.

Graham Staples did not tell the organisers of the project that he was banned from working with young people and assaulted the boy when they were alone together.

Staples is a registered sex offender who was subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order as a result of being jailed for four years in 2002 for offences against a young boy.

He was working with a charity when he met the 17-year-old boy who has learning difficulties and was said to be vulnerable.

Staples, aged 54, of Exeter Road, Teignmouth, admitted sexual assault and Assistant Judge Advocate General Alan Large adjourned the case for an updated pre sentence report.

Miss Emily Pitts, prosecuting, said the 17-year-old was particularly vulnerable because of his personal difficulties and at the project on work experience when he was befriended by Staples. 

The boy told his parents and the police he was working in September when Staples put his hand inside his trousers and touched him.

Miss Pitts said:”The victim said he felt as if he was going to break apart. He said he froze and wanted to kill himself. The defendant told him not to tell anyone and pretended everything was okay.”

Staples denied any contact but police discovered he had given the boy his mobile number and he admitted the offences when they asked to see his phone.

Miss Pitts said the assault had a serious effect on the victim’s mental health and led to him being sectioned for a short time.

Miss Ann Bellchambers, defending, said Staples had not tried to hide his work on the project and had told his police offender manager about it.

She said Staples has learning difficulties of his own and hopes to provide more details from his doctors at the next hearing.

Judge Large told Staples he is likely to receive a prison sentence when he returns to court