Hear­ing waived in sex traf­fick­ing

Case against Wil­lis­town man will now move to Com­mon Pleas Court

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Michael P. Rel­la­han mrel­la­han@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Ch­escoCourtNews on Twit­ter

EAST GOSHEN >> The Wil­lis­town man who au­thor­i­ties said en­gaged in a sex­ual tri­an­gle with a 16-year-old girl and her “teenage” boyfriend that was video­taped and pho­tographed waived his right to a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing on the charges, in­clud­ing felony sex traf­fick­ing, against him Wed­nes­day.

Lawrence “Larry” W. Jamieson Jr. ap­peared briefly be­fore Mag­is­te­rial District Judge Thomas Tartaglio of East Goshen, ac­com­pa­nied by his at­tor­ney, Peter Kratsa of the West Ch­ester law firm of MacEl­ree Har­vey. Asked if he wanted to have a hear­ing to con­test the charges he faces, Jamieson told the judge he did not.

The case will now move to Com­mon Pleas Court. Of­ten when de­fen­dants waive their pre­lim­i­nary hear­ings, it sig­nals that they in­tend to re­solve the charges against them with­out a trial, ei­ther through a ne­go­ti­ated plea or by plead­ing guilty and ask­ing a judge to set the sen­tence.

Jamieson, a mem­ber of a prom­i­nent Main Line fam­ily who runs a small con­struc­tion com­pany, did not ad­dress the court about the charges be­yond ac­knowl­edg­ing that he would waive his rights to a hear­ing. Dressed in a gray V-neck sweater and a white shirt and wear­ing read­ing glasses, Jamieson was re­turned to Ch­ester County Pri­son, where he has been held on $1 mil­lion bail since his ar­rest in Au­gust.

At­tend­ing the pro­ceed­ing was the mother of the teenage girl at the cen­ter of the case. She did not ad­dress the court.

Jamieson, 57, of Lau­rel Cir­cle, Malvern, and John Christo­pher Brown, 25, of Nor­ris­town, are charged with of­fenses re­lated to the re­la­tion­ship they en­gaged in with the teenager, whose mother dis­cov­ered the re­la­tion­ship from text mes­sages on her daugh­ter’s cell­phone. In a search of his house in Wil­lis­town’s hunt coun­try, po­lice found a sig­nif­i­cant stash of child pornog­ra­phy al­legedly be-

long­ing to Jamieson, with more than 50,000 il­le­gal im­ages.

Ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaints filed against the men by Wil­lis­town De­tec­tive Stephen Jones, Jamieson in­tro­duced the young girl to Brown in Fe­bru­ary 2015 when she was 15. Jamieson told the girl that Brown was only 17 years old, a high school stu­dent like her, even though he was 23 years old at the time. Au­thor­i­ties said Brown changed his ap­pear­ance to make him seem much younger than he ac­tu­ally was.

When po­lice in­ter­viewed the girl, who is now 17, on Aug. 2, she told them that she had been dat­ing Brown for over a year, and that he was “ev­ery­thing she ever wanted in a boyfriend.”

Jones said he learned that Jamieson had be­gun ar­rang­ing for Brown to meet the vic­tim, whose name was not in­cluded in the com­plaint, in late 2014. He pro­vided Brown with a fake age, fake birth­date, and fake in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing that he at­tended a cy­ber school, in or­der to gain the girl’s con­fi­dence. Brown agreed to meet the girl and se­duce her so that he could have sex with her and per­suade her to have sex with Jamieson. He also agreed to ex­change photos and video of the sex­ual

en­coun­ters with the older man.

The af­fi­davit con­tends that be­tween March 2015 and July, Brown had sex with the girl ap­prox­i­mately 20 to 50 times, at both his house and Jamieson’s. The en­coun­ters were ar­ranged by Jamieson, and would drive the vic­tim to meet Brown, ask­ing Brown to record the acts and send them to him via text mes­sage and email.

Jamieson also con­vinced Brown to press the girl to have sex with him, and some­times watched the sex­ual en­coun­ters be­tween the al­leged vic­tim and Brown. The girl told po­lice that she had sex with Jamieson on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions be­tween March and July, when the af­fair was un­cov­ered.

The charges against them in­clude sex traf­fick­ing in mi­nors, pa­tron­iz­ing a vic­tim of sex, sex­ual abuse of chil­dren for cre­at­ing and pos­sess­ing child pornog­ra­phy, sex­ual as­sault, con­spir­acy, and re­lated charges. The charge of traf­fick­ing in mi­nors is a first-de­gree felony pun­ish­able by 20 years in pri­son. It has rarely, if ever, been charged in Ch­ester County.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should con­tact Jones at 610-251-0222. The case is be­ing pros­e­cuted by As­sis­tant District At­tor­ney Me­gan King of the DA’s Child Abuse Unit.

PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Lawrence “Larry” W. Jamieson Jr. is led out of Mag­is­te­rial District Judge Thomas Tartaglio’s court in Au­gust.

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