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Graham Ovenden, an internationally renowned artist from Cornwall, has been convicted of sex offences against children. A jury at Truro Crown Court found the seventy year old guilty of four charges of indecency with a child.
The pensioner was cleared of three charges of indecent assault on the direction of the judge. Ovenden, who was not present in court having been taken ill, denied all charges relating to four children - now all adults - between 1972 and 1985.
The artist is a former pupil of Sir Peter Blake, and has had work exhibited in galleries across the world. He denied the abuse ever happened. He told the court he had taken pictures of the children but they were not indecent.