British artist Ovenden jailed for child sex offences
LONDON (REUTERS) - British artist Graham Ovenden was sentenced to 27 months in prison on Wednesday for sexually abusing children after appeals judges ruled a 12-month suspended jail term was too lenient.
The 70-year-old, whose major works featuring young girls have been exhibited around the world, was convicted in April of six charges of indecency and one of indecent assault relating to three girls who posed for him between 1975 and 1985.
He received a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, from Plymouth Crown Court in June but Attorney General Dominic Grieve referred the case for appeal.
Court of Appeal judges on Wednesday quashed the suspended sentence and jailed the painter for 27 months, rejecting his argument that his interest in young girls was artistic and not sexual and refusing to allow him to appeal the conviction.