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Sunday, 29 November 2020

Nottinghamshire sex offender jailed after grooming teenagers

“He groomed a number of vulnerable children. He knew full well that he was breaking the law."


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A convicted sex offender who befriended and groomed two teenage girls before supplying them with drugs is now back behind bars.

Justin Lawal, 38, was reported to Nottinghamshire Police by social services in 16 January 2020 after they became concerned teenage girls were attending an address in Harrington Drive in Lenton, which he lived at.

Officers attended the property and spoke to occupants, which included two girls under the age of 16, that he had befriended through his son.

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Lawal was subsequently arrested by officers and had his mobile phone seized.

A video on one of the victim’s phones  of him using drugs with the girls was also uncovered.

In a further incident officers stopped Lawal on Ollerton Road in Newark in March this year, and found an amount of MDMA and cannabis in the driver’s foot well. He was arrested for possession of drugs.

He was again found in company of young females under the age of 16.

Lawal, now of Manor Crescent in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, pleaded guilty to two instances of breaching his sex offenders prevention order which he was given in relation to previous convictions for offences against young girls.

His condition was not to communicate with any young persons under the age of 16.

In a separate incident, he also pleaded guilty to being in possession of class A and B drugs.

In total, he has been jailed for 18 months at Nottingham Crown Court this week.

Detective Sergeant Steve Dalby of Notts Police Management of Sexual and Violent Offender Unit said: “He is clearly a dangerous individual and I feel the sentence imposed by the judge reflects this.

“He groomed a number of vulnerable children. He knew full well that he was breaking the law.

“I also hope this sentence gives encouragement to any other survivors of abuse that they can come forward and we will investigate and seek justice for them.

“Nottinghamshire Police takes reports of such matters very seriously and will investigate them, working with the Crown Prosecution Service, to put a robust case to the courts. Reporting of such matters should not be deterred by time delays or the community standing of those responsible.”

There are a number of different agencies who are able to offer independent help and support to survivors of sexual abuse in Nottinghamshire.

More information on these services and details on who to contact can be found by visiting https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice/