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PremierLeague-News.Com - Paedophile Matthew Lawton carried on preying on one child even after his rape arrest and being firmly on police's radar
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The actions of a 29-year-old man who filmed himself having sex with a 14-year-old girl which was sent to her mum have been described as "horrific" by police. Paedophile Matthew Lawton raped the teen four times and also preyed upon a 13-year-old as he pretended he was 19. The Widnes man lured them with offers of cigarettes, alcohol and cannabis and once held a knife to the older girl's throat before raping her. Lawton, who himself posted vile videos online, was identified after the child's high school got involved and called detectives. And it has now emerged how the abuser even continued to contact the younger victim after his arrest and bailing for the rapes, thinking he could carry on preying on children even when on police's radar. Police who have now spoken about the shocking case described Lawton's crimes as "horrific. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now He had insisted he thought the girls were 16, but analysis showed he had been told their correct ages beforehand. Detective Sergeant Gary McClatchey, of Cheshire Police, said: “Matthew Lawton groomed two young girls via social media and preyed on them for his own sexual gratification. “He told both girls that he was 19, when the reality was that he was a predatory paedophile who was then in his late 20s. “The long list of offences he subjected the victims to is nothing short of horrific. “He raped the older victim on four separate occasions, one of which saw him threaten her with a knife beforehand. “Lawton committed the rapes after she had told him that she didn’t want to meet up with him anymore. Predatory paedophile Matthew Lawton posted a video on Snapchat of him having sex with a girl “He made a series of threats to ensure that she continued to see him, including threatening to put a video of them having sex on social media for people she knows to see. “Him carrying out this threat led to us being made aware of the video via a high school and launching an investigation that has now culminated in Lawton being brought to justice for his despicable actions. “These actions included Lawton contacting the younger victim after being released on conditional bail in relation to the investigation involving the older girl. “Lawton has shown no consideration for the victims at any stage, refusing to admit the extremely serious sexual offences he committed and making them give evidence at court. “Being dragged through the court process is always a stressful and traumatic experience for victims in cases involving sexual offences, particularly when they are so young. “I would like to praise the victims for the bravery they have shown in disclosing what Lawton subjected them to, both to us and then during the trial. “I hope the fact that Lawton is now behind bars, where he can no longer sexually exploit and pose a threat to girls, gives the victims and their families some closure. Get a Liverpool Echo newsletter today The Liverpool Echo sends newsletters on a wide range of topics - including our daily news bulletin, now going out three times a day. There are others on what's on, politics, court news, Knowsley, Wirral, and arts & culture, as well as both Liverpool FC and Everton FC. Signing up is free and it only takes a minute for you to get the biggest stories, sent straight to your inbox. How to sign up for an Echo Email Update 1) Go to our dedicated newsletter page at this link. 2) Put your email in the box where indicated 3) Tick as many boxes as you like, for each newsletter you want. 4) Press Save changes and that's it! “However, the victims will continue to receive the help and support they need to move forward with their lives.
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.” Lawton groomed the older girl over Snapchat and tricked both children into meeting for consensual sex, also pestering the victims to send him intimate photos and filmed the 14-year-old - aka Girl A - having sex with him. And he later posted it on a Snapchat account called "slags", leading to the video being sent to the girl's mum. Lawton, who claimed he thought the girls were 16, was found guilty after a trial at Liverpool Crown Court of 19 sexual offences. Judge Denis Watson, QC, said Lawton "corrupted" the girls after he "lied" about his age and "engineered" the abuse. Find your nearest vaccination centre by entering your postcode below:
He said: "You're 30 and you had a girlfriend. "What you also had, and still have, I find, is a serious sexual interest in young girls." The older girl was abused over a four or five month period, during which time texts showed he threatened to break windows at her parents' home and to post the video on social media. Another rape happened after he threatened to damage her mum's car unless she met him, so she climbed out her bedroom window. Having been "coerced" by Lawton, she met him on a sports ground in the early hours of the morning. A victim statement from Girl A, told of her suffering panic attacks, nightmares and self-harming. She said: "He's a monster, that's what I call him." Girl B told the court she felt like "a prisoner in my own home" because her mum was trying to protect her, leading to arguments. Lawton was previously jailed for six years for inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent in 2011. He was jailed for 15 years yesterday and must serve at least two thirds of the sentence - 10 years - behind bars before he can apply for parole.
Matthew Lawton groomed two teenage girls on Snapchat and convinced them he was 19
He will only be released before the end of the sentence if he is no longer considered a risk. Lawton must sign the Sex Offenders Register and comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order indefinitely. Chief Inspector Ian Whiley, of Widnes Police, said: “Sexual abuse is a horrific crime and this is a particularly distressing case. “I would like to thank all the officers involved in the complex investigation for all their hard work in unravelled the extent of the offending and gathering the required level of evident to secure convictions for all 19 offences. “This case highlights the fact that people you communicate with on social may not be who they claim to be and that you should never send indecent photographs or videos of yourself to others, or let them take such photographs or videos of you. “It also highlights the need for parents and guardians to warn their children of the dangers of communicating with people via social media, to check that they are using those things safely and to keep an eye out for any warning signs of sexual exploitation. “I hope that Matthew Lawton’s convictions and sentencing encourages anyone who has been subjected to similar offending to report it to the police. “They should feel confident that they will receive the help and support they need from our specialist officers and other support agencies we work alongside. “All victims will be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve, and any allegations will be taken extremely seriously and thoroughly investigated, with the wishes and the needs of the victim as our main priority.”
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