Police community support officer abused girl, 14, in patrol car while on duty
A police community support officer who had sex with a 14-year-old girl in his patrol car while in uniform on a school visit has been jailed for eight years.
Lawrence Dunn, aged 48, forced the girl to submit to repeated sex attacks over two years by threatening to cause trouble for her family.
He was jailed for eight years yesterday after a judge branded his behaviour “the highest and grossest breach of trust”.
One of Dunn’s jobs as a PCSO in Bridgwater, Somerset, was to visit schools to give crime advice and counselling.
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He first met the shy teenaged victim during one such visit and then approached her at the school gates and arranged to meet again later, Exeter Crown Court was told.
He started abusing her at her home when her parents were away and took her to remote lay-byswhere he forced her to take part in sex acts.
The grandfather’s assaults only stopped short of full sex because he is a diabetic with a form of impotence.
The victim’s friends became so worried about her contact with him that they reported it to teachers and the police.
Her head teacher described the victim as a “kind and considerate girl but one who was vulnerable and regarded school as offering a sense of security and continuity”.
During a trial at Taunton Crown Court last month, the girl told how she was too much in awe of his position and power to resist when he demanded sex.
She was too frightened to tell the truth at the time and lived with her secret for three years before coming forward last year. Dunn resigned from the Avon and Somerset force during the initial investigation in 2008.
Judge Erik Salomonsen ordered that Dunn, of Axbridge Close, Burnham-on-Sea, remains on the sex offenders’ register for life and made a Sexual Offences Prevention Order which bans him from unsupervised contact with children.
The judge told him: “Your victim was vulnerable and I have no doubt you observed this and turned it to your advantage.
“You entered on the pretext of asking questions but then shut her little sister in another room, took down the victim’s trousers, and assaulted her.
“She said she felt she had no choice but to submit because you told her otherwise her family would be in trouble.
“She said she wanted to run but thought it would make matters worse.
“The inquiry was not pursued at that stage so there was a delay until July 2011 when she gave a full account to the police for the first time. Her victim impact statement tells of the continuing effect.
“It is hard to imagine a man with a greater degree of trust than someone wearing the uniform of a police officer where your responsibility was to protect the victim.
“You did so using your uniform and using a police car. There was intimidation and coercion. She was scared. In my judgment there was submission on her part rather than free agreement.”