October 2018

Jailed: Hitchin paedophile who continued hunting images of children

Hitchin paedophile Guy Lawrence, 53. Picture: Herts police

A convicted paedophile living in Hitchin who used a tablet to look for pictures of girls under the age of 18, and failed to tell police of his new address, has today been jailed.

Guy Lawrence, of Dacre Road in Hitchin, was jailed for 12 months when he appeaed before Judge Michael Kay at St Albans Crown Court today.

Lawrence had earlier pleaded guilty to possessing the tablet device in breach of a sexual harm prevention order, and breaching the Sexual Offences Act by not informing police he had moved home.

At a hearing last month, prosecutor Kevin West told the court of searches on the 53-year-old paedophile’s tablet for pictures of “clothed and unclothed girls between the ages of 10 and 18”.

Lawrence, formerly of Stevenage, was jailed for 15 months in April 2014 after he admitted possession of 369 indecent images of children, as well as extreme pornography portraying sexual acts with animals.

While on bail after pleading guilty in January that year, Lawrence – who already had previous convictions for sex offences – went missing.

A police helicopter was deployed over Stevenage in March 2014 while officers looked for him. Lawrence was later convicted of possessing a knife during this time.

Lawrence was arrested again this year over these fresh offences. On August 1 he pleaded guilty to breaching a sexual harm prevention order by possessing a tablet device capable of transmitting data and using the internet, without police-approved risk-management software.

He also pleaded guilty to breaching the Sexual Offences Act by failing to notify police of his change of address.

April 2014: A paedophile has been found guilty of possessing a knife after going missing while out on bail. Guy Lawrence, 48, pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article at Stevenage Magistrates Court last Wednesday.

Lawrence was sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment to be served concurrently with his other sentences. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to possessing more than 300 indecent images of children at Cambridge Crown Court earlier this year.

March 2014

Stevenage paedophile jailed

A paedophile has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to possessing more than 300 indecent images of children.

Guy Lawrence, of Prestatyn Close in Stevenage, was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court after previously pleading guilty to possessing 369 indecent images of children.

The 48-year-old had also previously pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing an extreme pornographic image portraying a sexual act with an animal, and two counts of breaching a sex offender order.

Lawrence, who was bailed following his guilty pleas in January while he awaited sentencing, was reported missing on March 11 and was found in Stevenage two days later.

He was then charged with possessing a bladed article – a lock knife – to which he pleaded not guilty on March 15.

He has been remanded in custody until April 16, when he will appear at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court for this additional charge.

March 2014

Guilty Stevenage pervert goes missing while out on bail

A paedophile has gone missing while out on bail awaiting sentence for possessing more than 300 indecent images of children.

Guy Lawrence, of Prestatyn Close in Stevenage, was reported missing last night (Tuesday) and police are appealing for information on his whereabouts.

Lawrence pleaded guilty to possessing 369 indecent images of children when he appeared at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court on January 13.

Four photographs were rated Level 5 – the most serious – 118 Level 4, 123 Level 3, 23 Level 2 and 101 Level 1.

The 48-year-old also pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing an extreme pornographic image portraying a sexual act with an animal, and two counts of breaching a sex offender order.

He was released on bail while awaiting sentence at Cambridge Crown Court on a date to be determined, but has now gone missing.

He is described as a white man, 5ft 6ins tall and of slim build. He has dark brown shaven hair and a moustache. He was last seen wearing a dark coloured t-shirt, dark blue jeans, dark blue denim jacket and black trainers.

Anyone who has seen Lawrence, or who sees him, call Herts police on 101.

January 2014

Stevenage paedophile pleads guilty to indecent images of children and animal porn

A 48-year-old man has pleaded guilty to possessing more than 300 indecent images of children.

Guy Lawrence, of Prestatyn Close in Stevenage, pleaded guilty to possessing 369 indecent images of children when he appeared at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Four photographs were rated Level 5 – the most serious – 118 Level 4, 123 Level 3, 23 Level 2 and 101 Level 1.

Lawrence also pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing an extreme pornographic image portraying a sexual act with an animal, and two counts of breaching a sex offender order.

He has been committed to Cambridge Crown Court for sentencing on a date to be determined.