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Venables' contact offender from Essex jailed

Police handout in 1993 of Jon Venables
Image caption Blanchard was in contact with Jon Venables, a killer of two-year-old James Bulger

A paedophile who was in internet contact with child killer Jon Venables has been jailed for breaching a sexual offences prevention order.

Leslie Blanchard, 53, from Chelmsford, viewed adult internet pornography on three occasions despite an order being put in place banning him from doing so.

Earlier this year it emerged Blanchard had been in touch with Venables, one of James Bulger's killers.

Blanchard was jailed for six months at Southwark Crown Court.

Passing sentence, Judge Anthony Pitts said: "Unbelievably, you took the risk of being found out and accessing that material, not once, but three times."

Internet relationship

Blanchard, received a three-year community order at the same court in October last year after admitting "arranging or facilitating a sexual offence against a child", plus a series of child pornography offences.

He admitted breaching the order and accessing the websites on 27 February, 16 March and 20 July this year.

The contact with Venables, who was given a new name after being convicted of the Bulger murder, took place in 2008.

Details of their internet relationship emerged in July when Venables pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to child pornography charges.

Venables' codename

One of the charges related to allegedly distributing images that show child sex abuse to Blanchard.

The Old Bailey heard that Venables, in messages to Blanchard, claimed to be a 35-year-old married woman called Dawn who abused her eight-year-old daughter.

The court heard that Venables and Blanchard shared material while chatting in an internet forum.

Blanchard was hounded out of his home following publicity about the case, the court heard.

The judge said: "It was discovered that a site you had visited a number of times for chats with someone codenamed Dawniesmith was the codename Venables was using and with whom you shared material.

"This came to the attention of the national press, who pursued you with some vigour."

The judge said the proceedings had nothing to do with Blanchard's contact with Venables.

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