Man pleads guilty in Main Line sex case

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NEWS - By Michael P. Rel­la­han mrel­la­[email protected]­tu­ry­media. com Staff Writer

WESTCHESTER >> A Wil­lis­town man who en­gi­neered a sex­ual tri­an­gle in­volv­ing him­self, a teenage girl, and a blue col­lar worker who con­vinced the girl he was a teenager like her, pleaded guilty to hu­man traf­fick­ing charges in Com­mon Pleas Court.

The plea, for which de­fen­dant Lawrence “Larry” Jamieson Jr. was sen­tenced to 15 to 40 years in state prison, is be­lieved to be the first of its kind in Ch­ester County. The charge of traf­fick­ing in mi­nors, a first­de­gree felony, oc­curs when some­one re­cruits or en­tices a ju­ve­nile who is sub­jected to sex­ual servi­tude.

Jamieson, 59, is al­ready serv­ing a sen­tence of 100 years in fed­eral prison af­ter plead­ing guilty to sim­i­lar charges in­volv­ing not only the sex­ual tri­an­gle in­volv­ing the teenager, but also a stash of pornog­ra­phy said to be among the largest ever un­cov­ered in the state.

In ad­di­tion, Jamieson pleaded guilty to charges of con­spir­acy, un­law­ful con­tact with a mi­nor, pa­tron­iz­ing a vic­tim of sex­ual servi­tude, cor­rup­tion of mi­nors, and en­dan­ger­ing the wel­fare of chil­dren.

The de­fen­dant de­clined to make any state­ment to Pres­i­dent Judge Jacque­line Car­roll Cody be­fore she im­posed the sen­tence that had been ne­go­ti­ated by Deputy Dis­trict At­tor­ney Me­gan King of the DA’s Child Abuse Unit, and de­fense at­tor­ney Peter Kratsa of the West Ch­ester law firm of MacEl­ree Har­vey, who rep­re­sents Jamieson.

“Clearly you have cho­sen to do things that have im­pacted a aw­ful lot of peo­ple, and for many, for the rest of their lives,” Cody told Jamieson, who stood be­fore her dressed in a white Tshirt and green prison pants, look­ing much thin­ner than he did at the time of his ar­rest in 2016. “You can’t take any of that back.”

But Cody urged Jamieson not to waste the rest of his life while he sits in prison. Per­haps, she said, Jamieson could “in­spire some­one not to harm some other child.”

The sen­tence that Cody im­posed will run con­cur­rently with that handed down in Septem­ber by U.S. Dis­trict Judge Gene E.K. Prat­ter.

As she did at the time of that sen­tence, the vic­tim in the case, whose name is be­ing with­held by the Daily Lo­cal News be­cause of the na­ture of the charges, ap­peared in court ac­com­pa­nied by her mother, sev­eral sup­port­ers, and a com­fort dog, Melody, this time part of the Ch­ester County Sher­iff’s K-9 Unit.

In a writ­ten state­ment to the court, the girl said her life had been de­stroyed by Jamieson’s con­duct, “emo­tion­ally, spir­i­tu­ally, phys­i­cally and prac­ti­cally.

“I never asked for this to hap­pen,” she wrote. “My in­no­cence was taken away and even how I viewed the world. The world is now a scary place for me. Life for me af­ter I’ve been dragged through all of these hor­ri­ble acts can’t be de­scribed.”

Jamieson has been in cus­tody since his ar­rest in Au­gust

2016. A self-em­ployed pri­vate con­trac­tor, he is a mem­ber of a well-known and re­spected Main Line fam­ily. His late fa­ther, Larry Jamieson Sr., was a suc­cess­ful in­sur­ance agent in Paoli, and once a mem­ber of Down­ing­town Bor­ough Coun­cil. He died in 2010. His mother is Kath­leen Casey Jamieson, the owner of a well­known in­te­rior de­sign busi­ness in Haver­ford.

Jamieson used a 23-yearold Norristown man he met, John Brown, who worked at a Norristown tire store to lure the girl into a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship, with Brown con­vinc­ing her he was a high school stu­dent who at­tended cy­ber­school, like her. As her “boyfriend,” Brown then en­gaged her in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity, pho­tographed and video­taped her, and dis­trib­uted the videos and im­ages back to Jamieson. Her im­ages were also dis­trib­uted to oth­ers over the in­ter­net.

At some point, Brown con­vinced the girl to have sex with Jamieson, which he also recorded. Jamieson then be­gan abus­ing her on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

The crimes were un­cov­ered af­ter the girl’s mother re­ported the mat­ter to a child abuse tip line. Jones was able to get the girl to di­vulge what had been hap­pen­ing to her, with whom, and for how long.

Brown, now 27, also en­tered guilty pleas to sim­i­lar charges in fed­eral court. He has yet to be sen­tenced there, and is still on Cody’s trial list for state charges.

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