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Artist receives suspended prison sentence

Graham Ovenden unrepentant about sexual offences against child models

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The British artist Graham Ovenden, found guilt of sexual offences against child models, has been given a 12-month prison sentence today (4 June), suspended for two years. Ovenden was convicted of six charges of indecency with girls and one allegation of indecent assault. The judge at Plymouth Crown Court, in the west of England, said that in sentencing the 70-year-old artist, he had taken into account Ovenden's age and "steep fall from grace". His work is in the Tate's collection but has been removed from the gallery's website. The Guardian newspaper reports that on leaving the court, the artist was unrepentant. "Why should I apologise for something I haven't done?" Ovenden said.

Update (6 June): The attorney general is reviewing whether Ovenden's sentence was too lenient.

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