The Attorney General has referred the sentence of Cornish artist Graham Ovenden to the Court of Appeal to see if it was "unduly lenient". 70-year-old Graham Ovenden was handed a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years by a judge in April.
Mr Ovenden was convicted of six charges of indecency with a child and one allegation of indecent assault between relating to three girls 1972 and 1985. Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC has now referred the sentencing decision to the Court of Appeal saying the sentencing was too not tough enough.
Torbay MP Adrian Sanders has criticised the sentencing of a renowned Cornish artist Graham Ovenden who was found guilty of committing sex offences against young girls.
The 70-year-old artist from Bodmin, was convicted of seven charges relating to three children, but a judge in Plymouth suspended his sentence on account of his age.
Mr Ovenden says he will appeal against the conviction, but today the issue was raised at Prime Minister's questions by Mr Sanders:
The Attorney General is considering referring the sentence of Cornish artist Graham Ovenden to the Court of Appeal to see if it was "unduly lenient".
70-year-old Graham Ovenden was handed a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years by a judge yesterday.
The sentence was heavily criticised by child abuse campaigners.
Mr Grieve has 28 days to make the referral under the "unduly lenient" scheme.
Ovenden was convicted of six charges of indecency with a child and one allegation of indecent assault relating to three girls between 1972 and 1985.
Although the maximum jail term for a conviction is up to five years, Judge Graham Cottle said he took into account the artist's age, the age of the offences and his now tarnished reputation.
A world renowned artist is a free man tonight after being found guilty of indecency and indecent assault involving young girls who modelled for him at his home in Cornwall.
Paintings by Graham Ovenden have hung in the Tate and other leading galleries around the world. Today he was given a 12 month suspended sentence. He denies doing anything sexual with the children and says he intends to appeal.
John Andrews reports:
The Cornish artist Graham Ovenden has been given a suspended sentence after being found guilty of child sex offences.
Ovenden, who lives on Bodmin Moor, was given a 12 month prison sentence suspended for two years at Plymouth Crown Court today.
Last month he was found guilty of six charges of indecency with a child and one count of indecent assault. The incidents took place between 1972 and 1985 at his homes in London and Cornwall.
Mr Ovenden will lodge an appeal against the conviction.
The Tate has removed more than 30 prints by disgraced Cornwall artist Graham Ovenden from its online collection after he was found guilty of a string of sex offences against children.
Ovenden was found guilty at Truro Crown Court on Tuesday of six charges of indecency with a child and one count of indecent assault. He is on bail awaiting sentencing.
A Tate spokeswoman said: "Graham Ovenden is an artist of note, whose work has been widely shown over more than 40 years. However, following his conviction at Truro Crown Court, Tate is reviewing the online presentation of those editioned prints by him that are held in the national collection.
"Until this review is complete, the images will not be available online and the works will not be available to view by appointment."
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.