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Pervert up men to have sex with victim; 'Very evil, controlling man has shown little remorse'.


AN "EVIL" paedophile picked up men on North Wales beaches and through small ads to video them having sex with a schoolgirl.

Frederick Lawlor, 52, of Pensarn, Abergele, pleaded guilty at Chester Crown Court yesterday to 18 sexual offences against the girl, who was aged between 13 and 14 at the time.

The offences took place over a year from May 2004.

Lawlor, who police said "controlled and conditioned" the young girl, had sex with her.

But other offences included causing a child under 18 to be involved in pornography, making an indecent video of her involved in sexual activity, and inciting her to have sex with another man.

Six other men were also facing jail sentences last night after admitting sex offences against the girl.

And police were hunting at least six others in connection with the case and a further six men were on bail after being interviewed for similar offences. Two other men were also awaiting trial.

Lawlor took the girl to Pensarn and Llanddulas beaches where he attracted the attention of men.

Detective Inspector Wayne Jones, who led the investigation, said: "It was largely done through 'dogging' (having sex in public) on Pensarn and Llanddulas beaches, when he attracted people to his car."

Most of the men who had sex with the girl were unaware they were being recorded, he said.

Lawlor also used small ads in the classified ads magazine Loot hinting at wife-swapping. When approached, he offered the girl instead.

Last night, as Lawlor was taken from court to await sentence, DI Jones pledged the police investigation would not stop until they found at least six other men seen on videos commiting sexual offences against the girl.

But he reassured the public they had not uncovered a paedophile ring.

He said: "This individual is central to all the abuse taking place. He is a very evil, controlling man. He has shown very little remorse and at every opportunity he has tried to shift the blame to other people. Thankfully, he has now accepted what he has done. We are not talking about a paedophile ring. We have done a very thorough investigation and that is not the case."

Asked how Lawlor was caught, DI Jones added: "Quite simply our investigation started by good old-fashioned police work. Local officers were aware of incidents in their area and that started our investigation.

"We were very, very surprised at the type of evidence we found, especially the videos." It has been a very challenging investigation involving a large number of people."

Although activities were centred on Abergele the defendants come from as far afield as Wirral and Caernarfon.

Lawlor and six other men will be sentenced at Mold Crown Court on February 27 and 28 by Judge Merfyn Hughes QC. He lifted a Contempt of Court Order which had prevented reporting of previous cases.

Andrew Thomas, prosecuting, yesterday asked the court for five other counts against Lawlor to remain on file.

A North Wales Police spokesman said if anyone had information about possible sex offences committed at Llanddulas or Pensarn beaches they should contact Det Sgt Kevin Evans on 0845 6071002, extension 40865.


Kenneth Lawlor (right of picture) being led from court yesterday Picture: ANDREW PRICE
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 12, 2006
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