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Cornish Artist Sentenced for Child Sex Offences

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5:54am 5th June 2013
(Updated 5:54am 5th June 2013)

A world renowned Cornish artist found guilty of child sex offences has escaped jail.

Graham Ovenden was convicted of seven charges at Truro Crown Court earlier this year.

Six charges against children and one against a woman date back to the 1970s.

The 70 year old from Bodmin Moor has had his paintings shown in the Tate.

In April, the gallery took dozens of his pictures off the web.

He has been given a two year suspended sentence at Plymouth Crown Court.

That has prompted outrage from charities that support victims.

But he remained unrepentant - telling reporters outside that he had nothing to apologise for.

Asked if it was the case that he was right and everyone else was wrong he replied: "Since I'm about twenty times more intelligent than most people I think that would be a very reasonable assumption."

He says he will appeal against the convictions.

5:54am 5th June 2013

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