Paedophile linked to Bulger killer jailed

A PAEDOPHILE who negotiated online with the killer of British two-year-old James Bulger has been jailed for breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

Leslie Blanchard visited dating websites and viewed adult internet pornography three times despite being banned from doing so, Sky News said.

It emerged earlier this year that the 53-year-old had been in contact with Jon Venables, who was convicted of murdering toddler James in Merseyside in 1993.

Venables was 10 years old at the time he committed the crime with another boy, also aged 10.

His relationship with Blanchard came to light when Venables admitted child pornography charges at the Old Bailey in July.

One of those charges related to the alleged distribution of child pornography to Blanchard.

In messages to Blanchard in 2008, Venables had claimed to be a 35-year-old married women called Dawn who abused her eight-year-old daughter.

The court heard that the pair agreed a price for access to the child before Venables suddenly broke off contact.

Blanchard, a kitchen fitter from Chelmsford, Essex, received a three-year community order in October 2009 after admitting a child sex offence and a string of child pornography charges.

Jailing him for six months at Southwark Crown Court, Judge Anthony Pitts said: “Unbelievably, you took the risk of being found out and accessing that material not once, but three times.”

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