December 2020

Child rapist groomed boy, 12

A freed child abuser has been sent back to jail after he groomed a 12-year-old boy and offered him cash to send him a nude picture.

Thomas Graham aka Daniel Luckman is a convicted child rapist who was still on prison licence when he started an online relationship with the schoolboy on Twitter and the Discord chat site.

He sent the boy £1,500 worth of online vouchers and bought him a secret phone so he could communicate with him by text without his parents knowing.

He turned their conversations to sex, sent him Gif images of adult pornography and offered him £10 to pose in his school uniform or £50 naked.

Graham, who had changed his name to cover up his paedophile past, was in the process of trying to arrange a meeting with the boy in Exeter when the child’s mother found the secret phone and called the police.

One of the messages offered to take the boy to a rugby match, Exeter Crown Court was told.

Graham has been classified as a dangerous offender twice because of his sexual offending against boys.

The first time was in 2003, when he took and distributed indecent images, and the second in 2011, when he was jailed for 10 years for rape.

In 2009, The UK database discovered he was working under an assumed name at the One Stop shop in Glasshouse Lane, Countess Wear

Tesco, which owns the One Stop chain, had no idea he had been jailed for 15 months after he admitted running a website devoted to distributing and selling child sexual abuse images

He was banned from any contact with children after his release by a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) but flouted it by grooming the boy.

Graham, aged 40, preciously of Newlands, Dawlish, but now of no fixed address, admitted breach of a SOPO and was jailed for two years, eight months by Judge Timothy Rose.

He told him: ‘You are, you have been, and you remain, a serious risk of harm to the public, and particularly to young boys. In this case the victim was 12.

‘You engaged in prolonged, sustained and clear grooming.

‘You festooned him with gifts and he did not have the emotional maturity to decide to take part. He was being exploited.

‘The one thing you did not tell him was that you have served a string of long prison sentences for sexual offending against boys of about his age.

‘You engaged in hundreds of messages that contained sexualised references relatively frequently. You sent him pornographic images and turned the conversation to discuss meeting up.

‘I am quite sure if you had not been interrupted, you would have pursued that and the risk of harm to the boy would have been exceptionally high.

‘You broke the order on every occasion you contacted him over ten months. It was just about a bad a breach or the order as could be committed, short of actually meeting him.’

Miss Felicity Payne, prosecuting, said Graham made contact with the boy in July 2019 though social media and sent 467 messages by text or WhatsApp alone.

‘He bought him vouchers worth more than £1,000, a Netflix subscription, and a mobile phone which he told him to keep secret from his parents and use of their contact.

‘He sent clips of adult pornography and injected sexual references into their chats.

‘He offered cash for photos, including £50 for a nude picture. He offered to give him a credit card with £20 a week loaded onto it.

September 2020

Paedophile warned he faces jail sentence

A convicted sex offender has been warned he faces a jail sentence after he spent a year grooming a 12-year-old boy with expensive presents.

Thomas Graham broke a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) by contacting the boy and sending him sexualised messages.

The order was imposed in 2003 when he was jailed for a year and three months for running a website which distributed child abuse images to other paedophiles.

At that time he was using his real name of Daniel Luckman and living in Newlands, Dawlish. He has since changed his name to Graham and moved to Exeter.

He broke the SOPO by beginning a virtual relationship with the 12-year-old which remained online and did not lead to any actual physical contact between them.

Thomas Graham, aged 40, of New North Road, Exeter, admitted breaching a SOPO and his sentence at Exeter Crown Court was adjourned until October 8.

Judge Timothy Rose remanded him in custody and told him: ‘You should be in no doubt there will be an immediate custodial sentence because this is a very serious breach of the order.

‘This was a catalogue of behaviour directed at a 12-year-old boy in a classic grooming exercise which went on for over a year. It is so far in breach of the order and against a background of sexual offending that it must be dealt with severely.’

The judge said Graham must have known exactly what he was doing because he sent 467 separate communications and ‘festooned’ the boy with expensive gifts.

He discussed meeting the boy and made sexualised comments to him.

The SOPO was imposed when he admitted five counts of making indecent photographs and five counts of distributing them in September 2003.

The conviction led to him losing his job at a shop in Countess Wear, Exeter, in 2009 after his employers were tipped off by paedophile tracking website ‘The UK database’

He was dismissed because the shop was close to a local primary school.

June 2009

Exeter paedophile quits store job

A convicted paedophile has resigned from his job in a convenience store near an Exeter primary school after his identity was revealed on a website devoted to naming and shaming sex offenders.

Daniel Luckman, 27, was discovered working under an assumed name at the One Stop shop in Glasshouse Lane, Countess Wear, which is in the same road as Countess Wear Community School and Children’s Centre.

It is understood that Tesco, which owns the One Stop chain, had no idea he had been jailed for 15 months after he admitted running a website devoted to child pornography.

Last year Luckman, who was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register after admitting five offences in 2003, was fired by bosses at the Tesco Metro store in Paignton after concealing his criminal past and failing to declare his convictions.

 He apparently lied about his past once more to get the latest job.

A spokesman for Tesco confirmed that Luckman had been working at the Countess Wear shop, adding: “He’s resigned from the business. We took this very seriously and looked into it urgently.”

The spokesman would not confirm how long Luckman had worked at the store but it is thought to be around a fortnight.

Luckman was identified as the shopworker by members of a website group which aims to identify paedophiles living in Exeter.

Despite Devon & Cornwall Constabulary asking the UK database to shut down the website he said he would continue with his campaign.

Detective Sergeant Heather Bell, of the Exeter child protection team, said: “Police are aware of an incident and are investigating what’s going on and being alleged.

“We work jointly with other partners to monitor and manage any risk posed by anyone who has committed violent sexual offences.

“We would not want any members of the public to get involved in any vigilante operation or take matters into their own hands.

“If anyone does have concerns about the safety of a child they should get in touch with the police.”

When police raided Luckman’s home before  his 2003 conviction they discovered more than 3,000 indecent images, many ranked as the most serious type.