Devastated mum sent vile video of paedophile having sex with her daughter

A sick predator posted footage of him having sex with one of his victims which was then forwarded onto her devastated mum.

The paedophile has been sent to prison after he preyed on two young girls, raping one of them at knifepoint, while claiming to be a teenager himself.

Matthew Lawton groomed the girls on Snapchat and coerced them with offers of cigarettes, alcohol and cannabis.

Lawton, who was 29 at the time, lied and told the victims he was 19 years old, while they were aged just 14 and 13, reports the Liverpool Echo.

He lured the vulnerable girls into having sex with him and then persisted with requests for them to send him intimate photos.

The "monster" used a clip of him having sex with the 14-year-old, known as Girl A, to blackmail her into further abuse when she tried to stop seeing him.

And he later posted it on a Snapchat account called "slags", leading to the video being sent to the girl's mum.

The Judge described the hurt and terror that Girl A suffered after she was also subjected to multiple rapes inflicted on her by Lawton, including the one at knifepoint.

Sarah Holt, prosecuting, read a victim statement from Girl A, who was left suffering panic attacks, nightmares and self-harming.

Girl A said: "He's a monster, that's what I call him. He's a monster, what else is he? He controlled me and he made me go against my parents."

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Lawton, of Milton Road, Widnes, who claimed he thought the girls were 16, was found guilty after a trial at Liverpool Crown Court of 19 sexual offences.

Lawton was convicted of four counts of rape, nine counts of sexual activity with a child, two counts of meeting a child following sexual grooming, two counts of sexual communication with a child, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and taking indecent photographs of a child.

Judge Watson said the offences against Girl B didn't involve rape but involved grooming and soliciting of sexual images.

He was previously jailed for six years for inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent in 2011.

Paul Becker, defending, said his client was bullied at school, then expelled, but went to college and had a good work record.

He said: "There is evidence without a diagnosis of ADHD and certainly evidence of anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation."

Judge Watson said he was a "dangerous offender" and jailed him for 15 years, with an extended four years on licence.

Lawton must serve at least two-thirds of the sentence – 10 years – behind bars before he can apply for parole.

He will only be released before the end of the sentence if he is no longer considered a risk.

Lawton must sign the Sex Offenders Register and comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order indefinitely.

Under UK law – while it is illegal to engage in sexual activity with anyone under 16 – consensual sex is not considered rape if the child is 13 or older.

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 0845 30 30 900 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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