Perverted ex-soldier jailed for downloading child porn images and inciting girls to engage in sex acts

Graham Butterfield.
Graham Butterfield.

A hardworking dad who lost everything through his addiction to internet child sex has been jailed.

Dad of two Graham Butterfield, 56, sent messages to pre-teen girls asking them to engage in sex acts and he downloaded pictures of others as young as seven having sex with adults.

Teesside Crown Court.

Teesside Crown Court.

When police discovered his links with child porn sites social services stepped in and he lost contact with his two children, his marriage and his job.

His lawyer told Teesside Crown Court that ex-soldier Butterfield described it as a "generational thing".

Prosecutor Harry Hadfield said that Butterfield was arrested in 2013 and the investigation to trace the girls he messaged took years but without success.

The girls described themselves as 11, 12 and 15 but there was no way of discovering if they acted out his requests.

Robert Mochrie, defending, said that support for Butterfield had diminished considerably since police seized his two laptops and computer equipment in a search of his home on June 21 2013.

He said:"These offences are of some age now and in that time he has lost everything that he had in life.

"He has tried desperately to understand why he has committed these offences. He has a wife and children and he has not been able to see his children since these offences came to light and social services became involved, and support for him has diminished considerably.

"He is a man who is able to appreciate the harm caused to children in those images, and the potential harm by inciting those children as he did.

"He is able to describe feeling nothing more than self-loathing and shame for what he has done. He appears here today as a broken man, throughout the proceedings he has thought about ending his own life.

"He is a man who really does seem genuinely upset and broken by his actions. There has been no further repeat since this came to light in 2013."

Butterfield, now of Lister Street, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent photographs of children between January and June 2013 with 13 at the most serious Category A, 24 at Category B and 1,082 at Category C.

He also admitted three charges of attempting to incite children to engage in non-penetrative sex, and two of attempting to incite girls to become involved in pornography.

The Recorder of Middlesbrough Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC told him that it was clear that he had an unhealthy interest in young girls and particularly a sexual interest in them.

The judge said that it went on for more than a year, and that there were several aggravating features.

Butterfield was a jailed for 40 months, given an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order limiting his use of the Internet, and he was ordered to register as a sex offender for life.

An NSPCC spokesperson said: “Every child in Butterfield’s sickening catalogue represents a child who has been abused in the real world.

“The NSPCC is calling on the government to implement a tough action plan to tackle the supply of, and demand for, child sexual abuse images online.

“Anyone with concerns about a child can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 8005000.”