Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed the jailing of a predatory paedophile who “bought” teenagers and sold their bodies sexually for his own financial gain.
But Tony Lloyd added that the criminal justice system let Raymond Hawthorne’s victims down after he was jailed in 2003 for similar offences – for just nine years.
Hawthorne, (22/02/1964), of no fixed address, was sentenced to 10 years in prison with an extended license of five years after admitting controlling a child who he sold for sex, controlling prostitution for gain (in relation to adults whose bodies he was also selling for sex) as well as breaches of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and sex offender registration.
Hawthorne was released from prison in December 2012 after serving a jail term for similar offences. At the time of his original jailing, Tony – who was then the MP for Manchester Central – criticised the sentence, agreeing with the judge who said its was “absurd”. The judge said his hands were tied by sentencing guidelines which were in place at the time.
Speaking after Hawthorn’s conviction at Bolton Crown Court on Friday 6 June 2014, Tony said: “People everywhere will welcome a fit and proper sentence for an individual whose actions have had such a terrible impact on too many victims.
“The judge in the original case was correct when he said that the sentence available to him when Hawthorne was first convicted was absurd.
“The justice system failed Hawthorne’s most recent victims because he was able to carry out this horrific abuse after being convicted of incredibly serious crimes.
“We must ensure that justice focuses on the victim. It is clear that prolific and dangerous paedophiles like Hawthorne should receive the appropriate sentence. It is of little comfort to his most recent victims, but society needs to learn from this case to ensure that vulnerable people are properly protected.”
Tony is writing to both the Justice Secretary and Home Secretary to ensure the lessons from this case will be used to protect children in future.
GMP issued the following media release, which gives more background about this terrible and disturbing case:
A registered sex offender with a conviction for child abduction has been jailed for prostituting a 15-year-old boy for financial gain.
Raymond Hawthorne (22/02/1964), of no fixed address, admitted controlling a child prostitute, controlling prostitution for gain (in relation to adult prostitutes he was controlling) as well as breaches of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) and sex offender registration.
At Bolton Crown Court today, Friday 6 June 2014, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison with an extended license of five years.
In 2003 Hawthorne ‘bought’ a 14-year-old boy, who he prostituted up to eight times a day over a week long period, while also controlling men who he prostituted by advertising their services through printed publications such as Loot, taking as much as a 70% cut of any money paid to them.
He was subsequently convicted of child abduction and conspiracy to commit indecent assault on a child, for which he was given a sentence of seven years in jail. This was later extended to nine years on appeal.
Tragically the victim went on to commit suicide.
In December 2012 he was released having served his full sentence and moved to the Bolton area.
In early 2013 officers from the Greater Manchester Police Sex Offender Management Unit (SOMU) commenced an investigation into his activities.
In May 2013 a search warrant was executed at his address at the time and evidence that he was controlling men as prostitutes was recovered and he was arrested.
It was later established they were being marketed as escorts and he would receive calls or texts from clients and arrange for the sexual services to take place. He would convey them locations where the paid sexual encounters would take place.
Unbeknown to police at the time, he also began communicating – under a false name – with a vulnerable 15 year old boy on a social networking site and began to offer him the opportunity to make large sums of money.
They eventually met and the victim was groomed into becoming involved in prostitution.
Over a period of weeks Hawthorne prostituted this young boy with a number of men across the country.
In June 2013, police officers conducted a further raid on his address and two men were found who were being controlled as prostitutes by him. The child victim was not at the address at this time and police were still unaware of his involvement with Hawthorne.
In September 2013 officers from SOMU obtained a Sex Offender Prevention Order (SOPO) from Bolton Crown Court that restricted him from engaging in any employment including advertising relating to ‘escorts’.
That same month the child victim gave information to his carers that he had been prostituted and the matter was reported to the police.
The victim was interviewed and despite the trauma that he suffered gave a full account of the abuse that he had suffered.
Detective Constable Paul Crompton, said: “Hawthorne is a repugnant individual who groomed the young boy so that he could sell his body for financial gain.
“He has made conscious and determined efforts to recruit him due to the increased sums of money involved in the prostitution of children.
“We know that this victim and at least one other boy have been subjected to sexual abuse time and time again because of his actions.
“Tragically his first child victim went on to commit suicide, undoubtedly due in no small part to the horrendous abuse he endured.
“He began reoffending almost as soon as he was released from prison, proving what a truly wicked and unrepentant individual he is.
“His only motivation is money and he has not thought twice about exploiting boys or men for cold hard cash.
“I want to publically acknowledge the tremendous courage and bravery of the young victim, who has seen this matter through largely due to a desire to prevent this happening to anyone else. I think his selflessness will almost certainly have protected other children from becoming victims of Hawthorne’s depravity.
“I can’t take pleasure in situations like this, conscious of the carnage his offending has left behind, but knowing he has been sentenced and will not be released for many years is comforting to the police as well as his victims.”