Christopher Davis, whose portraits were the subject of an article in Amateur Photographer (AP)?s 11 October issue, was sentenced to six years in prison for sexually assaulting boys, according to a subsequent investigation by the magazine. The offences occurred at Davis?s home near Caernarvon, North Wales. He was convicted in April 2000.

Amateur Photographer wants to make it clear that it published the feature article about Davis, now aged 78, in good faith and was not aware of his offences at the time.

AP would like to apologise for any offence the publication of this article may have caused and wishes to reassure readers that it had no knowledge of Davis?s past at the time of publication. The magazine?s Editor adds: ?We strongly condemn the crimes this person committed, and would not have published the article had we had this information beforehand.?

Caernarvon Crown Court confirmed that Davis pleaded guilty on three counts of indecent assault on a male. He appeared in court on 10 April 2000.

Davis, who now lives in Lincolnshire, declined to comment when contacted by AP yesterday. He told us that all enquiries should be sent to him in writing.

Davis?s ?adopted daughter? Sue Blackbourne, contacted us today from Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She told us: ?He?s an elderly man in bad health? He thought he had not done anything wrong by sending in photographs [to AP]. I wasn?t aware of this at the time.?