Serial sex attacker who once served in Merseyside Police released after serving just half of his sentence
A former Merseyside police officer jailed for a series of sex attacks has been released after serving just half of his sentence.
Predatory Lawrence Farrington, who worked for the force between 1979 and 1980, was sentenced in 2013 to 12 years in prison after he admitted carrying out sex attacks over a 20 year period.
The Blackpool native was jailed when he was 55, but the ECHO has learned he has been recently released.
A victim of Farrington’s told the ECHO “people should be made aware” of his release.
The Ministry of Justice also confirmed Farrington’s early release.
Farrington, formerly of Edgerton Road, Blackpool, had been a serial sex attacker from his late teens and continued to abuse victims after he left the police.
Keith Sutton, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court at the time Farrington had sexually assaulted a young girl in Wales in the 1970s when he was a teenager, abused a boy and a girl in Wirral in the 1980s, and raped a woman in the presence of her baby.
He had worked in the security business after leaving the police, before relocating to America and was only caught after a dispute with his ex-wife over his police pension.
He made a threatening call to her after he realised she had got a court order that ensured his money was paid to her instead.
After that police in the USA became involved, he was deported under guard before being arrested by UK police when he landed at Heathrow.
He was due to face a trial before pleading guilty to charges including sexual assault and rape.
Farrington had previously served time in a US federal prison for Social Security fraud and aggravated identity theft.
During his sentencing in the UK, Judge Andrew Hatton told him that some of the attacks had been “sexually sadistic” and “designed to humiliate”.
Sentencing him to 12 years in prison, he said: “You told your victim not to tell anyone as it was your secret. Thank heavens she did tell someone.”
Farrington has served about six years since his sentence, serving only half of his initial sentence.
It was not disclosed where he has been released to or when.