January 2011

Somerset paedophile freed after jail term appeal

A paedophile jailed when an undercover police officer saw him playing pool with a 13-year-old boy has been released from prison after a decision by appeal judges.

Graham John Brown, 44, was living in Bridgwater, but visiting his brother in Taunton, when he saw the boy in The Cricketers pub early last year.

Having previously been banned from making any contact with children, Brown was in breach of a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO) and jailed for two years and eight months at Taunton Crown Court in September.

But yesterday, after an appeal by his lawyers, three top judges said the sentence was too long and replaced it with a 21-month term, allowing his immediate release.

Brown has a long history of sexual offending, including convictions for indecent exposure and indecent assault, as well as gross indecency and outraging public decency.

Deemed a danger to children and women, he was given the SOPO in January 2005, prohibiting him having any contact with young people under 16.

But, when released to a hostel in Bridgwater last year, Brown went to Taunton to visit his brother and spent some time drinking in The Cricketers, under the watchful eye of an undercover cop.

The officer watched as Brown began a game of doubles pool with a 16-year-old boy and a man, then continue to play when the teenager’s 13-year-old brother turned up. Engaging in conversation with the younger boy, he was in breach of the order.

His barrister Stephen Field argued before Lord Justice Pill, Mr Justice Owen and Judge Andrew Patience QC the sentence was too long.

Brown had had the chance to go and live with his brother, but turned down the opportunity because the house overlooked a school, showing his willingness to avoid children, he said.

Giving the appeal judgment, Judge Patience said: “In our judgment, the nature of the breach on this occasion did not involve any real risk to the 13-year-old boy.”

September 2010

Sex offender back behind bars

A Taunton sex offender is back behind bars after being found with a 13-year-old boy – just three days after being released from prison.

Police arrested 44-year-old Graham Brown (pictured) on January 28, after finding him with a boy in a pub in Taunton.

When Brown was released from Exeter Prison on January 25, having served a five-year sentence for breaching a Sexual Offender Prevention Order, police placed a series of restrictions to stop him associating with children, and kept a close watch on him.

A police spokesman said: “Mr Brown has been the subject of detailed discussions under the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements, with partner agencies including police, the probation service, local authorities and prison service involved.

“Brown’s history was such that there were serious concerns among the MAPPA partners that he might present a considerable risk to the community.”

The Crown Prosecution Service told the County Gazette that Brown had an extensive list of previous convictions, including 14 sexual offences between 1981 and 2005, most of them involving indecent exposure or gross indecency.