June 2016

Former cop is jailed for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl three years after being spared prison for sleeping with another teen


A FORMER cop has been jailed after he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl – luring her in by pretending to offer her a job.

Shockingly Gary Cawthorne was spared jail in 2013 after he arranged to meet a 16-year-old over Gumtree.com for a “sexual adventure”.

The 53-year-old posed as a model scout and conned the girl into believing he worked for high profile agencies including Select Model Management – which represents Kelly Brook and Agyness Deyn.

At the time sick Cawthorne was convicted of sexual assault and handed a four-month sentence, suspended for two years.

He then pretended to be a property magnate to offer a 14-year-old girl admin work with his firm earlier this year.

On two occasions, he sexually assaulted the teenager twice in his car.

Cawthorne, who voluntarily left the Met in 1991, was jailed for a total of four years and five months at Southwark Crown Court today.

Prosecutor Anita Arora said: “These offences relate to this defendant’s contact with a young lady through her family.

“She was just over 14 years of age when she was introduced to this defendant under a different name.”

The court heard that Cawthorne adopted the alias “Lee Mason” and had been in conversation with the girl’s aunt over some admin work in his bogus property business.

“She had been given the impression that he was a wealthy man involved in property with a network of offices in London and around Kent and she had been speaking to him about a job for herself in administration,” the prosecutor added.

She thought him charming and trustworthy, I think were her exact words.”

The girl was then taken by her aunt to King’s Cross St Pancras Station in early January to meet Cawthorne who took the pair to an expensive restaurant close by.

Ms Arora told the court that the predator was given the girl’s date of birth at that first meeting and was clearly made aware of her age after offering the youngster a job of her own.

“He told her if anyone asked, she was to say she was 18 years of age because he was not allowed to employ people aged 14,” she said.

“He asked her her year of birth to test her.

“She had to work out her new date of birth that would make her 18 and then asked her again.”

While alone with the girl in his car the paedophile asked her to make a list of all the things that she wanted and told her he would buy them.

“Everything was designed to make it appear that he was a wealthy and successful man, of course, keeping with what he told her aunt about his property business,” said Ms Arora.

The two were driving around in Peckham when he reached over and squeezed her knee before she quickly brushed his hand away.

Later that day, the former cop asked the girl “how much it would cost to get into her knickers”.

He suggested sums up to £300 but was rebuffed by the girl who claimed her body was “priceless”.

He picked her up again a short time later from Ebbsfleet Station and took her for a drive.

On this occasion he stopped in at a carwash before again reaching over and groped her breast over her clothing.

At the end of each of their handful of meetings Cawthorne would ask the girl how much money she wanted and handed over cash ranging from £40 to £120.

He was finally snared when the girl took a picture of herself flashing some of the cash on Snapchat which was spotted by a concerned friend.

The pal borrowed her phone during a PE class and took down Cawthorne’s contact details before texting him to ask why her friend was working for him.

“In fact, it was [that girl’s] concern that caused this matter to come to light because she told her parents about the contact and they e-mailed the school with the details,” said Ms Arora.

Cawthorne was then arrested on March 2.

Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith told him: “You were convicted by a jury of sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl back in front of me in June 2013.

“You persuaded that girl she was to be employed as a model then you sexually assaulted her.

“I passed a suspended sentence on that occasion because you had already spent longer in custody because of delays in the preparation of reports than the guidelines recommended.

“And so, you were released.

“But I also wanted to pass a suspended sentence because I hoped that a sentence hanging over your head may keep you away from young girls and keep you out of trouble.”

He added: “You groomed a 14-year-old girl in exactly the predatory way I heard about some years ago.

“As before, you befriended her.

“You offered her work and whatever your intentions were there was no such work.

“You persona as a rich man with any such business interests was a complete sham.

“I dearly hope that any course that you attend in prison and the effect of the sexual harm prevention order will persuade you that you are not to behave in this way again.

“Time alone will tell.”

Cawthorne tricked his previous victim into stripping so he could “measure her” before cupping her cleavage at the Grand Hotel in Northumberland Avenue, central London, on April 4, 2012.

He then pounced on a 20-year-old cleaner while on bail three months later, groping her after handing over £30 for an erotic massage at his home.

The former cop has also been convicted of benefit fraud and was caught with stolen Canadian dollars and Travelex cheques in a Costa Café in Charing Cross.

Cawthorne, of The Green, Dartford, Kent, admitted two counts of sexual assault, one of meeting a child following sexual grooming and a breach of a sexual offences prevention order.

He was handed a two-year sentence for meeting a child following grooming to run consecutive to a two-year term for breaching a sexual offences prevention order.

Cawthorne was also handed concurrent terms of three months for each sexual assault, to run consecutive to the overall sentence.

A further two-month term was added after Cawthorne accepted breaching a suspended sentence totalling four years and five months.

May 2016

Paedophile promised vulnerable girl, 14, job before sexually assaulting her


A registered sex offender has admitted grooming a 14-year-old girl and then sexually assaulting her.

Gary Cawthorne, 53, of Greenhithe, Kent, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault on a child under 16 years of age, one count of grooming and one count of a breach of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) at Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday, May 3.

The court heard that Cawthorne who was already a registered sex offender ,having been convicted of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl on October 24 2012, had used an alias of Lee Mason and made contact with a vulnerable 14-year-old girl from London promising her a job.

They met on a number of occasions and during these meetings he sexually assaulted her.

Cawthorne’s contact with the girl came to light after a school friend of the victim found messages on her phone from him under the name of Lee.

Using another name, the victim’s schoolfriend contacted Cawthorne asking him for a job

Lee then requested a photo from her and she sent a facial shot. He confirmed that he received the image and then requested a photo of her body, the girl did not send a second picture, but Cawthorne then requested further photos from her.

The girl flagged up her contact with him to her parents and they contacted her school.

The school notified police on Monday, February 29, and both girls were spoken to by officers from the Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, on Tuesday, March 1.

An investigation was launched and Lee Mason was identified as Gary Cawthorne through the phone number he has used to contact both girls.

He was arrested on Wednesday, March 2, for questioning and further arrested on Thursday, March 5, which saw him charged later that day.

Cawthorne will be sentenced at the same court on Tuesday, May 31.

Detective Constable Tony Foran from the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command said: “Cawthorne is a known sex offender and is a danger to children and has totally disregarded the provisions of his SOPO.

“He pursued the 14-year-old girl by phone and in person. Then he sexually assaulted her.

“The victim’s friend became suspicious of his contact and thanks to her brave actions she was able to flag up his activities to her parents who then alerted the authorities.”

May 2016

Former Met police officer admits sexually assaulting 14-year-old girl


A former Met police officer has today been warned that jail is a ‘certainty’ after he admitted sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl on two separate occasions.

The court heard that already convicted sex offender Gary Cawthorne, 53, was let off with a suspended jail sentence in 2013 after he arranged to meet a 16-year-old on website Gumtree.com whilst posing as a freelance model scout.

Cawthorne had tricked the girl into believing he worked as a model scout for high profile agencies including Select Model Management, which represents Kelly Brooke and Agyness Deyn.

The sexual predator, who left the police force voluntarily in 1991, then ordered her to strip so he could ‘measure her’ before cupping her breasts.

Also in 2013, he admitted handling stolen travellers’ cheques and sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman

May 2013

Judge’s fury as former police officer escapes with a caution after molesting a cleaner while on bail for another attack

A judge has demanded to know why a former police officer who molested a cleaner escaped with a caution – just three months after he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl.

Gary Cawthorne, 50, groped the 20-year-old woman at his home 12 weeks after he sexually assaulted the 16-year-old girl while posing as a freelance model scout.

Cawthorne told the teenager he worked for top agencies including Select Model Management, representing celebrities including Kelly Brooke and Agyness Deyn.

The sexual predator, who left the police force voluntarily in 1991, then ordered her to strip so he could ‘measure her’ before cupping her breasts.

Cawthorne is facing jail after being convicted of sexual assaulting the teenager at the Grand Hotel in Northumberland Avenue, central London, following a trial at Southwark Crown Court.

While on bail he then assaulted the cleaner after paying her £30 for an erotic massage at his home in southeast London and was handed a police caution. 

Adjourning sentence until May 17 for reports including an assessment on Cawthorne’s dangerousness, Judge Loraine-Smith said: ‘My view is this man is a potentially a sexual predator. 

‘The evidence is he assaulted a young girl having advertised on Gumtree.com. 

‘While on bail for that matter, three months later he did something remarkably similar. 

‘A young woman aged 20 cleaned his house for several hours and offered him an erotic massage for £30.

‘He paid her the money but he went too far.’ 

Judge Loraine-Smith also described the decision by Kent Police to caution Cawthorne as ‘extraordinary’, adding: ‘I want an explanation for why it is they decided a caution was a suitable way of dealing with this offence, committed and admitted by someone on bail for something similar.’ 

Patrick Duffy, defending Cawthorne, said the liaison between him and the cleaner was ‘consensual’ but he chose to accept a caution. 

‘He has benefit fraud on his record, which he pleaded guilty to and was given a community order and 140 hours unpaid work. 

‘He was a Metropolitan Police officer, which didn’t come out during evidence.
‘He was in the force up until 1991 when he left of his own accord to follow other opportunities.’ 

Cawthorne, who also has a previous conviction for benefit fraud, claimed to have worked for various high profile modelling agencies, and said the fashion brand Gap was among his clients. 

The girl initially accompanied a friend who arranged to meet Cawthorne advertising herself as an aspiring model on the website Gumtree.com. 

He pretended to have a vast knowledge of the industry and gave the girls the impression he could help them find work. 

The girl, who cannot be identified, broke down in tears as she told how she was in ‘shock’ as Cawthorne groped her. 

Earlier prosecutor Anita Arora told the jury: ‘This is a case about a man who took advantage of a young and naive girl who put herself in a vulnerable situation.

‘She and a friend put an advert on Gumtree advertising themselves as models.

‘As a result, the friend was contacted by a man called Gary and a meeting was arranged between the two girls and him.’

The girls initially met Cawthorne last April 2 at the hotel to talk about the modelling industry, Ms Arora said.

A second meeting was organised two days later, during which the two girls were also accompanied by a third friend.

‘Things took a slightly unusual turn,’ Ms Arora said.

‘He asked to measure the girls for what they would wear at some stage as models.’

Cawthorne and the girl went in a lift for a ‘fitting’, jurors heard.

‘She said she was feeling nervous, she had never done anything like this before.

‘They went in a toilet, not in a room, just her and Gary Cawthorne.

‘He asked if she was ok then asked her to take her clothes off, which she did.
‘He then pulled out a tape measure and started to take measurements including around her breast area and her legs.

‘He was making comments to her about her body and she felt uncomfortable.
‘She was shocked but she carried on.’

Cawthorne then told the girl to take her bra off or the measurement would not be ‘accurate’, jurors heard. 

She covered her breasts with both hands and let him measure her.

‘He cupped both breasts with his hands and said there was nothing wrong with them’, Ms Arora told the court.

‘She didn’t ask him to do that. She didn’t agree to that and that, say the prosecution, is a sexual assault.’

The girl initially kept quiet but confided in her mother a few days later, who demanded Cawthorne’s phone number, the jury heard. 

‘She decided to make enquiries about whether he was a legitimate model scout. 

‘He convinced her he was a professional involved in the field of finding models, effectively a freelance model scout.

‘He maintained he worked for reputable model agencies including Select Model Management in London. 

‘She asked him about his clients and he mentioned Gap. She was impressed by how professional he sounded.’

But the girl’s mother became alarmed when Cawthorne told her he had a psychology qualification and was a ‘doctor’ of some sort.

After contacting a modelling agency, who they said they had never heard of Cawthorne, the mother called police, jurors heard.

In a prepared statement, Cawthorne admitted being in contact with the girl and her friend but insisted nothing ‘untoward’ happened, adding: ‘I have no intention of touching someone without their permission.’