Joshua Lawrence – Repeat Sex Offender – Can’t leave kids alone

In January 2007, Boynton Beach police arrested Lawrence after an investigation determined that he molested three children under the age of 12.


A convicted sex offender was arrested Wednesday on Boynton Beach police charges for another child molestation case.

The allegations stem from five years ago and came to light because the victim attempted suicide as a result of the horrid memories.

The victim, 15, pointed to Joshua Lawrence, 23, who befriended the victim in 2004 when he lived near him. Lawrence would use video games to “bribe [the victim] for attention and later on even sex,” Detective Toby Athol wrote in the police report read. The victim was 10 at the time and Lawrence just turned 18, police said.

The victim’s family played games and Lawrence would hide in another room with the boy.

“Lawrence would use this time alone to start molesting,” Athol wrote.

It lasted for six months.

Lawrence was arrested by Boynton Beach police at 12:30 p.m., at a probation office in Pinellas County, where he currently lives, police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said. Lawrence has been charged with sexual battery on a child under 12 by an offender 18 years of age or older, a capital felony.

In January 2007, Boynton Beach police arrested Lawrence after an investigation determined that he molested three children under the age of 12. He was convicted of lewd, lascivious battery; sex with a victim 12-15 years old in 2008, Slater said.

Lawrence is currently a registered sex offender under state supervision. He will be extradited to Palm Beach County to face the new charges.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

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