July 2020

Pervert hoped to rape 10-year-old girl

A Freemason took a nude picture of his late wife and Haribo sweeties to a meeting in Swindon where he hoped to rape a 10-year-old girl.

Retired City worker Graham Turpin made the two-hour journey from his home in Essex, where he lives on a boat, to Wiltshire on June 2 after chatting with the “girl’s” mother on nudism enthusiasts’ website True Nudists.

Swindon Crown Court heard the 67-year-old grandfather had brought 22 condoms, Haribo sweets and lubricant to the meeting – as well as a camcorder with which to film the rape.

But the woman with whom he had been chatting online was not the mother of “Chloe” but an Avon and Somerset Police officer. Upon being arrested by police in Swindon, Turpin said: “I was only following her [the mother’s] orders.”

Jailing him for four years and eight months, Judge Jason Taylor QC told Turpin: “Your entire interest and purpose was the sexual abuse and rape of a 10-year-old child and I have no doubt that had she existed you would have carried out your degenerate plan.”

Prosecutor Mark Ashley said the Essex man had met the undercover officer in February 2020 on social media site True Nudists.

The officer stuck up a conversation with Turpin, who has had an almost life-long interest in naturism. He said he did not have the usual “hang-ups” that others had “as long as no one gets hurt”.

Using an alias, she claimed she had been abused by her father as a child. Her father had also sexually abused her own daughter, a 10-year-old girl called Chloe.

Turpin and the woman spoke about arranging to meet so he could abuse the child. In one message he asked: “Do you think she is ready or is she still too early?”

He sent pictures and videos showing him performing a sex act on himself – behaviour described by Judge Taylor as “classic grooming”. He asked the mother to molest the girl.

They arranged to meet somewhere public in Swindon on June 2, before going to a private house so he could molest the child and film the abuse.

Defending, Gareth James said his client was a retired City of London worker who had served as charity steward at his Freemason’s lodge, raising a substantial amount of cash for charity.

Turpin, of Quendon, Essex, pleaded guilty at the magistrates’ court in June to arranging the commission of a child sex offence.

Judge Taylor ordered he abide by a sexual harm prevention order for the rest of his life and register as a sex offender indefinitely.

He said the planning that had gone into the meeting with Chloe “doesn’t get much worse. “This wasn’t merely fantasy. You came equipped with two vibrators, lubricant, 22 condoms, massage oil, a camera, a tripod and a laptop, cash and sweets that you believed this 10-year-old girl liked.”

June 2020

Paedophile took photo of dead wife to illicit meeting with ‘child’

A paedophile travelled from Essex to Swindon with a camcorder, condoms and a picture of his dead wife after arranging to meet what he thought was a 10-year-old for sex, a court heard.

Graham Turpin, 67, of Quendon, Essex, had spent three months chatting to a woman online, arranging to have sex with her young daughter.

But the mum was a fiction, prosecutor Kate Prince told Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court. She was in fact a law enforcement agency officer trapping paedophiles online.

On Tuesday, Turpin was arrested in Swindon having travelled from his home in Essex. With him was a mobile phone, computer, camcorder, tripod, condoms, lubricant, a photograph of his dead wife and £1,500 cash.

Ms Prince said the defendant had apparently been planning to video the sex he planned to have with the woman’s 10-year-old.

“Clearly it’s a very serious matter and we would agree it is a matter that should be sentenced in the crown court,” she said.

Turpin pleaded guilty to arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.

District Judge Tim Pattinson granted him bail to appear before Swindon Crown Court on Friday, July 3. He ordered a pre-sentence report from the probation service.

The judge said: “I will in this particular case grant unconditional bail. But make no mistake: if there is failure to attend that court in Swindon or a further offence there will be a remand in custody.”

According to Sentencing Council guidelines, punishment for the offence to which Turpin has pleaded guilty could see him sentenced to up to 14 years behind bars