Blanchard was jailed for six months at Southwark Crown Court in Nov 2010

Aug 2010

Back behind bars: Paedophile who plotted online with Bulger killer Venables is charged with breaching sex offence order

Leslie Blanchard appeared in court yesterday charged with breaching a sex offences order

Leslie Blanchard, who shared child porn with James Bulger’s killer Jon Venables, appeared in court yesterday charged with breaching a sex offences order.

The 53-year-old was arrested and remanded in custody after allegedly entering an online chat room, which broke conditions of a sex offences prevention order imposed last year after he was convicted of downloading indecent images of children and trying to arrange sex with a 12-year-old.

He denied the charges when he appeared before Chelmsford magistrate’s court in Essex yesterday.

Kitchen fitter Blanchard pleaded guilty last year to possessing, making and distributing indecent images of children.

It transpired that the 53-year-old from Chelmsford had been caught after telling an undercover policeman that ‘eight to ten-year-olds are best’.

Yet because he had already spent eight months behind bars awaiting trial, Blanchard was allowed to walk free.

He was given a three-year community order, and a five-year sexual offences prevention order.

Blanchard is accused of breaching the ban imposed last year, which stipulates he must only use the internet for work, education or keeping in touch with family and friends.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: ‘A 53-year-old man from Essex was arrested on suspicion of breaching the conditions of a court order and was charged with two breaches of a sex offences prevention order.

‘He was remanded in custody and appeared at Chelmsford magistrate’s court yesterday.’

Blanchard, a former youth football coach, was exposed as a paedophile last month when Venables, 27, was jailed for two years for having child porn.

During a court hearing, it emerged Venables struck up a relationship with Blanchard after being freed in 2001, having served just eight years for his part in James Bulger’s murder.

Venables posed online as a mother called Dawn who abused her eight-year-old daughter, and Blanchard tried to arrange a meeting, a court heard.

At Blanchard’s trial last year, Southwark Crown Court heard that he had online conversations with an undercover dectective who posed as a paedophile to make contact through an internet chat room.