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An Auckland man's sexual contact with three girls, who lied about their ages on internet adult chat-rooms, has led to a five-year jail term imposed in Christchurch District Court today. Two of the girls were aged 15 and one was aged only 12 and was wearing her intermediate school uniform when year-old Lawrence John Davidson met her on the street after the internet contact. On-line, the girls had said their ages were 18 and 16, and Davidson had also lied about his age when he contacted them through the chat-room. He was sentenced today after admitting three charges of having sexual connection with under-age girls, three of meeting the girls after sexual "grooming", and two of possessing objectionable images on his computer - images of two of the girls. Davidson pleaded guilty to the charges last month after the Crown dropped a bid to transfer the trial to Auckland, and also dropped one charge of sexual violation by rape. His name suppression was lifted when he pleaded guilty. Judge David Saunders said the year-old had been a virgin and had had sex with Davidson after four to six weeks of grooming. He had videoed her undressed and restraints had been used on her during the sex.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, call your keyworker or local mental health team. If you're not sure and just need to talk…. Lifeline — or 09 within Auckland. Samaritans — Youthline — , free text or email talk youthline. What's Up — for 5—18 year olds.