August 2017

Perverted ex-soldier jailed for downloading child abuse images and inciting girls to engage in sex acts

A pervert who was addicted to internet child sex has been jailed.

Dad of two Graham Butterfield, 56, sent messages to pre-teen girls asking them to engage in sex acts and he downloaded pictures of others as young as seven having sex with adults.

When police discovered his links with child sexual abuse sites, local social services stepped in and he lost contact with his two children, his marriage and his job.

Prosecutor Harry Hadfield said that Butterfield was arrested in 2013 and the investigation to trace the girls he messaged took years but without success.

The girls described themselves as 11, 12 and 15 but there was no way of discovering if they acted out his requests.

The offences all took place in Middlesbrough in 2013

Butterfield, now of Lister Street, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent photographs of children between January and June 2013 with 13 at the most serious Category A, 24 at Category B and 1,082 at Category C.

He also admitted three charges of attempting to incite children to engage in non-penetrative sex, and two of attempting to incite girls to become involved in pornography.

The Recorder of Middlesbrough Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC told him that it was clear that he had an unhealthy interest in young girls and particularly a sexual interest in them.

The judge said that it went on for more than a year, and that there were several aggravating features.

Butterfield was a jailed for 40 months, given an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order limiting his use of the Internet, and he was ordered to register as a sex offender for life.