Teenage child abuser given four-year jail sentence

PUBLISHED: 12:04 18 March 2016 | UPDATED: 12:05 18 March 2016

Grahame Stanbury.

Grahame Stanbury.


A child abuser who repeatedly accessed child abuse images on the internet has been jailed for molesting a young boy.

Grahame Stanbury, aged 19, touched the boy after taking him out on trips and was later found with movies showing serious abuse on his phone and computers.

The autistic teenager carried on seeking out internet images and movies from Russian websites despite being under the supervision of the probation service.

Stanbury was just 14 when he carried out the abuse of the boy in East Devon.

The child who he abused in 2010 is still suffering the psychological effects and is reluctant to go to public places.

Stanbury, of All Saints Court, Honiton, admitted three counts of sexual assault and 16 of making indecent images of children and was jailed for four years with a five-year extended licence by Recorder Mr Philip Mott, at Exeter Crown Court.

He told him: “There was repeated offending while in breach of a community order and on bail. You appeared to be cooperating with your probation officer yet unknown to him you were committing further offences.

“The probation officer’s assessment is that there is a very high risk of further sexual offending and that is borne out by your continuing offending.

“Your offending is aggravated by the fact there was some degree of planning in the sexual assault, but mitigated by you being aged only 14 at the time.”

Miss Mary McCarthy, prosecuting, said the sexual assaults took place in 2010 when Stanbury took a young boy to public places where touching took place on about six occasions.

The offences came to light when Stanbury admitted them during counselling and later to police.

The boy was reluctant to make a complaint until last year.

Mr Philip Brunt, defending, said Stanbury should be given credit for telling the authorities about the sexual assaults, which would never have come to light otherwise.

He said he knows he has a problem that needs addressing and is keen to undertake an internet sex offenders’ course. He has not committed any contact offence since he was 14.

He said Stanbury had been diagnosed as having a form of Asperger syndrome, having attention deficit disorder and being on the autistic scale.

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