Martin Lawes is a sick, self-centered, despicable child sex offender who has been released after serving only 18 months of a 4.5 year jail term. His crimes can only be described as heinous. Lawes offending spanned ten years using innocent children as sexual objects to satisfy his disgusting deviant behaviour.
Lawes, a former chairman of an Auckland community board and a multi-millionaire, paid over $100,000.00 to live stream child sex abuse shows, giving instructions via Skype for specific violent sexual acts. His excuse? He was stressed and was financially helping the people involved in his horrific crimes as they were living in poverty!
The Police found Lawes made 36 payments to five adults involved in a child sex-abuse ring. During the live streaming of these child sexual abuse shows, Lawes would direct what he wanted the children to do by giving typed instructions.
There were over 296 objectionable media files on 3 of Lawes Computers! Of these objectionable media files, the children were aged between 3 years and 17 years. They were all forced to do the most horrific, unthinkable sexual acts.
Lawes pleaded guilty to his crimes, but told the Court that the amount of money spent by him was not a significant amount as he was a multi-millionaire. Did he think because he is a multi-millionaire, he has the right to treat children in such an horrific and unforgivable manner?!
He was released on Monday after facing the Parole Board for his first and only appearance before the Parole Board. The Board said he still had ‘some way to go’ but considered he was no longer an undue risk. An unbelievable decision that has come as a shock for those who care about the innocent victims of child exploitation material!
Every single image, every single video, every live streamed sex show involved an innocent child. They are real children who deserved to be protected, nurtured and loved NOT raped, tortured, sodomised and abused. Each and every victim of Lawes will suffer for a lifetime because of his selfish needs.
Were their young lives seriously considered by the Parole Board when they released him? One of the parole conditions referred to restricted internet access. Restricted internet access – the platform where all Lawes crimes began! What were the Parole Board thinking? Do they not understand the severity of what children of child exploitation material endure?
No sex offender, or any serious violent offender for that matter, should ever be released on parole if there is still even a small concern as to the risk they pose in the community. Furtherrehabilitation needs to be considered and imposed!
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