man jailed for eight years over child sex offences
Burnham-On-Sea man has this week been jailed for eight years after
being convicted of serious sex offences against a teenage girl.
Police Community Support Officer Lawrence Dunn, 48, from Axbridge
Close in Burnham, was given
a prison term following a trial at Exeter Crown Court.
was found guilty at a trial at Taunton Crown Court in October,
of six offences of sexual activity with a child and another two
of attempted sexual activity with a child.
follows an investigation into Dunn's conduct that began when a
teenage girl disclosed that she had been abused in 2007.
Constable Rebecca Maddison told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Lawrence
Dunn was found guilty of eight offences of sexual contact with
a child in October. He committed these crimes in 2007 while in
post as a Police Community Support Officer for Avon and Somerset
court heard compelling evidence at this trial which highlighted
the gross abuse of his position of trust."
had every opportunity to plead guilty following this investigation;
instead he put his victim through the trauma of a trial. The jury
found him guilty of eight of the nine offences he was charged
with and today he was handed eight years imprisonment."
is important to make clear that whilst Dunn resigned from his
post in 2008 when investigations into his conduct began he was
in post as a PCSO when the crimes were committed, however at this
time the victim did not disclose that any offences had taken place
therefore the investigation could not be taken any further."
is down to the victim's courage and bravery to speak about the
abuse she suffered at the hands of Dunn, that he has been brought
to justice for his offences and handed a sentence that reflects
the severity of his actions."
sentence sends out a clear message to all that behaviour like
this will not be tolerated."
sentencing, the Right Honourable Judge Solomon said: "Dunn's
victim was vulnerable and there was a significant age gap between
them. His actions were of the highest and grossest breach of trust."
task and responsibility as a PCSO was to protect this young girl
and he did not."
was handed a life time Sex Offenders Prevention Order and he was
also ordered to sign the sex offenders register.
who was a PCSO based in Bridgwater, resigned from his post when
investigations into his conduct began.
who has been a victim of sexual offences whether they are historical
or present should call police on 999 or 101.