2 men charged with sex trafficking, assault in Chester, Montgomery counties
Two men, one from Montgomery County and one from Chester County,
face sex trafficking, child pornography, and sex assault charges,
On Thursday, the Chester County District
Attorney’s Office and Willistown Township Police Department announced
the arrests of 57-year-old Lawrence Jamieson, Jr. of Malvern and
25-year-old John Brown of Norristown.
On August 1, the Willistown Police Department received a report about child sexual abuse.
obtained a search warrant for Jamieson’s home. They recovered
approximately 1,000 DVDs, thumb drives, and other electronic storage
Police say the devices contained over 50,000 images and
videos. At least 5,000 of the images and videos allegedly depict naked
children, sexually explicit images of children, and adults sexually
Police say one of the recovered images displayed the name of a girl and a local high school.
The police then conducted an interview with the girl and others, as well as reviewed the electronic devices.
As a result, officials say they discovered the full scope of the operations of the suspects.
case shows the full developmental cycle of child predators. They start
with possession of child pornography. They next move to creating and
distributing child pornography. Finally, they take the ultimate step to
sexually assaulting and even trafficking children. Each act is a link
in the chain of misery that is child sexual abuse,” Chester County
District Attorney Hogan said in a statement.
officials, Jamieson, who runs a construction company, introduced the
victim to Brown, who works for a tire company, in 2015.
The alleged victim was 15 years old at the time.
say Jamieson and Brown told the victim that Brown was a 17-year-old
cyber school student. Brown was 23 years old at the time.
They say Brown changed his appearance to look younger.
say Brown entered into a sexual relationship with the victim. Jamieson
and Brown then both began engaging in sexual activity with the victim.
allegedly took pictures and videos of this sexual activity, stored them
on the electronic devices, and exchanged them via text messages and
“Even after decades of serving in law enforcement, the
scope and nature of these crimes are staggering. I have never seen as
large a trove of child pornography in the history of Chester County, and
the rest of the conduct is unspeakable. I do not know what kind of a
depraved mind could possibly enjoy this sickening abuse of innocent
children,” Willistown Police Chief John Narcise said in a statement.
alleged incidents took place at multiple locations in Willistown
Township, Chester County, and Conshohocken, Montgomery County between
2015 and July 2016.
The charges against both suspects include sex
trafficking in minors, sexual abuse of children for creating and
possessing child pornography, sexual assault, conspiracy, and related
Both were committed to Chester County Prison after failing to post bail.
exists, even in places we least expect it. We are concerned that there
may be other victims out there. Anybody with information about either
Lawrence Jamieson or John Brown should contact the Willistown Township
Police Department immediately,” District Attorney Hogan said in a
Anybody with information may contact Willistown Detective Steve Jones at 610-251-0222.
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