Appalling sex offences against children

I’ve just seen an item on 1 News about Martin Lawes, It’s appalling.

Some of the story from Stuff: Sex offender Martin Lawes’ ‘truly shocking’ personality behind closed doors

He is a husband, a father, a grandfather and a multi-millionaire who live streamed child sexual abuse for his own gratification.

Before his downfall, Martin Lawes was heavily involved in the North Shore community.

He was a successful businessman, had a property portfolio, he was a Justice of the Peace and was best known as the former chairman of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board.

It started in 2000, when Lawes claimed he was “overworked”. His way to escape was talking on chat forums to Asian women overseas.

At the time, those women were of the age of consent, but that soon spiralled and he began to pay to watch and direct children being sexually abused.

He claimed the amount of money sent by him was not a significant amount as he was a multi-millionaire.

“He also stated that he was helping the people involved by giving them money as they were often living in poverty,” court documents showed.

Using his alias, and a Yahoo email account, he made contact with users in the Philippines where he communicated with a number of different women whom he would instruct to perform various sexual acts on webcam for him.

In return for “shows”, Lawes would pay money to those he was communicating with via a third party. He made the transfers using his alias and also under his own name.

During the live stream child sexual abuse “shows”, Lawes would direct what he wanted the child to do by giving typed instructions, the summary of facts said.

Some of the shows involved children aged between seven and 17.

Appalling. No remorse. Cretin.

And that’s not all in today’s court news.

Caught by colleague molesting girl

A staff member at a Hamilton childcare centre jailed for molesting a girl there was previously queried by police over an earlier alleged incident involving children enrolled at the facility.

Gregory William Van de Worp, 34, was sentenced to 16 months and two weeks in prison in July after earlier pleading guilty to a single charge of indecent assault on a child.

That charge was laid by police in response to an incident earlier this year involving a girl aged under 12, who Van de Worp assaulted in a room at Pukete Neighbourhood House.

But it has been revealed it was not the first time Van de Worp had drawn the scrutiny of the police over his behaviour with children.

In response to a complaint made some two years ago, they investigated his activities at the centre but opted not to lay charges at that time.

And Van de Worp was also the subject of concerns raised by a parent 10 years ago, alarmed by apparent “grooming” behaviour he exhibited towards a young girl attending the centre at that time.

This is appalling for the victims.

It also makes things very awkward for males involved in child care centres.




  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  September 18, 2018

    Sad that he wanted to do it and that the parents need the money.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  September 18, 2018

      I agree…most people ‘help’ those in need without asking them to do sex acts on camera.

      It’s something that I find difficult to imagine anyone wanting to do. Well, I can imagine it, but I wish that I couldn’t imagine this sort of perverted mind,

  2. Griff.

     /  September 18, 2018

    Four years because he is an “upstanding member of the community. ”
    Filthy kiddy fiddler should have got life .
    Judges give to much credit to those with money and power .
    If it was some unemployed loser they would have coped a far stiffer sentence.
    Having money doesn’t change the damage done by his actions or make it some how a lessor crime.

    • patupaiarehe

       /  September 18, 2018

      Life? I disagree. I can think of a far cheaper & more effective way of making certain he will never reoffend.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  September 18, 2018

        You could say that about every offender so it doesn’t mean much.

        • patupaiarehe

           /  September 18, 2018

          Just my opinion Alan, but he’s more deserving of a bullet than most ‘offenders’.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  September 18, 2018

            You’d better stand for Parliament and change the law then. That is where sentences are specified.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  September 18, 2018

              Nah. My current taxpayer funded sinecure doesn’t pay quite as well, but involves far less effort 😉

  3. Bill Brown

     /  September 18, 2018

    A good example of why the death penalty should be an option

  4. Blazer

     /  September 18, 2018

    be out in 18 months apparantly..JP…another example of reality when it comes to criminality.

    Looking forward to the outcome of the ex P.M of NZ Dame Shipley and her crew re the Mainzeal clusterfuck.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  September 18, 2018

      The Mainzeal directors are pawns in a battle between liquidators and insurance companies with the shareholders having made the crucial decision to pull the plug. There’s probably plenty of blame to go around with the GFC also playing a starring role.

      • Blazer

         /  September 18, 2018

        yeah clearly do not know the background of Yan and his associated coys and his M.O.

        • Bill Brown

           /  September 19, 2018

          Just another example of how an ex MP or PM using their so called “status” to run or be part of a business ….. this is not Jenny’s first business failure

  5. Gezza

     /  September 18, 2018

    I watched the Lawes Item & was appalled at the no remorse nor insight, and his attitude that it was ok because 100 odd k didn’t cost him much and he was helping the family. One hopes word gets around in there inside.

    • Gezza

       /  September 18, 2018

      The other thing of note was that there was good work between US and our police when they busted the network and knew one of them was a Kiwi and although he’d hidden they were able to track him down.