Jailed again: Man who sold boy, 15, for sex just weeks after being released for child abduction
A paedophile who began prostituting a boy of 15 just weeks after being released from a jail sentence for child abduction has been jailed for 10 more years.
Raymond Hawthorne, 50, groomed the vulnerable teenager and then sold him for sex after meeting him on the internet.
Bolton Crown Court was told Hawthorne controlled a ring of young male prostitutes and sold them to clients across the country.
He even complained to police that there was ‘no money’ in the escort business because of the growth of the internet.
Hawthorne, who was arrested following a major investigation, was sentenced a minimum of 10 years after a judge determined he was a danger to the public.
Judge Peter Davies said Hawthorne would only be allowed out of prison when the parole board is satisfied it is safe for him to be released. He will then serve five years on licence.
He told Hawthorne: “You manipulated these vulnerable young people and you did it for your own financial gain. They needed to be protected from themselves and you knew they were ideal clients for your revolting business.”
Hawthorne, a registered sex offender formerly of Crescent Road, Bolton, admitted controlling a child prostitute, controlling prostitution for gain and breaches of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order when he appeared at court.
Hawthorne was originally jailed in 2003 after he ‘bought’ a boy of 14 who he sold for sex up to eight times a day, while also controlling men who he prostituted.
He was then jailed for seven years after being convicted of child abduction and conspiracy to commit indecent assault. That sentence was increased to nine years on appeal.
The young victim in the case later took his own life.
Hawthorne was released in December 2012 and almost immediately set up a new prostitution ring. He was caught after detectives raided his address and uncovered evidence he was running a prostitution ring. The brave victim of the new offences gave a statement to police.
Det Con Paul Crompton praised the boy’s ‘tremendous courage’. He said after the case: “Hawthorne began reoffending almost as soon as he was released from prison, proving what a truly wicked and unrepentant individual he is.”
Paedophiles who sold boy, 14, are jailed
Two paedophiles have been jailed for a total of 15 years after a 14-year-old boy was groomed for sex before being abducted and sold into a week-long ordeal of abuse.
Nathan Eyre, 38, from Leeds, (pictured below) was jailed on Tuesday for eight years at Leeds Crown Court for grooming the boy over two years before selling him to Raymond Hawthorne (pictured above) , who ran a nationwide paedophile ring.