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Former PCSO gets 8 years in prison for sex offences

Lawrence Dunn, aged 48, from Burnham-on-Sea has been jailed for 8 years Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

A former Police Community Support Officer has been sentenced to eight years in prison for sexual offences committed against a young girl.

Lawrence Dunn, aged 48, was found guilty at a trial at Taunton Crown Court, of six offences of sexual activity with a child, and another two of attempted sexual activity with a child.

Dunn was handed a life time Sex Offenders Prevention Order and he was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register.

Dunn was a Police Community Support Officer in Bridgwater, Somerset, where one of his jobs was to visit schools to give crime awareness advice and counselling to children.

Detective Constable Rebecca Maddison said:

"Lawrence Dunn was found guilty of eight offences of sexual contact with a child in October following a trial at Exeter Crown Court. He committed these crimes in 2007 while in post as a Police Community Support Officer for Avon and Somerset Constabulary...

...The court heard compelling evidence at this trial which highlighted the gross abuse of his position of trust. "He had every opportunity to plead guilty following this investigation; instead he put his victim through the trauma of a trial...''

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