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Pervert Philip Lawrence from Herne Bay

CAGED: Perverted dog warden who preyed on girls

A Herne Bay man who used to work as a dog warden has been jailed for three years for sex offences against girls.

Warped Philip Lawrence, 64, of Cecil Park, was told he is a dangerous paedophile who poses a threat to children.

He appeared for sentence at Canterbury Crown Court today having admitted offences of outraging public decency and indecent assault.

Dominic Connolly, prosecuting, told the court that in the early 90s, Lawrence had been working as a dog warden in Dover.

He drove up next to a girl in his van and was seen to be committing a sex act. She ran off in terror.

Philip Lawrence was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court

A couple of years later, Lawrence was working and had a teenager in his car.

He pulled over and forced his hand on to himself.

John Fitzgerald, defending, said Lawrence had shown genuine remorse for his actions and had been taking part in a sex offender programme in Canterbury which had helped him understand his behaviour.

Lawrence had himself been abused as a boy, Mr Fitzgerald added.

The court heard that in 2015, Lawrence was jailed for a total of 42 months for sex offences dating back to 1980 involving three other teenagers.

Both victim’s in today’s proceedings had come forward after seeing newspaper reports of the case in 2015.

Recorder Jonathan Davies told him: “These two offences fit into a pattern of offending over a long period of time.

“There have now been five victims of your conduct, all of them children. There is no doubt that you are a paedophile and a danger to children.

“Each victim has been seriously affected by what you did to them. It’s as painful to them now as it was when you did it.

“I have come to the conclusion that only an immediate custodial sentence is justified.”

Lawrence was also handed an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

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