EVERETT MINISTER CHARGED IN SEX
February 22, 2013
(EVERETT, WA) -- A Baptist minister from Everett was charged Thursday with commercial sexual abuse of a minor for allegedly arranging to meet a 16-year-old girl he was going to have sex with for a fee.
John K. Lawlor, 54, one of the pastors at Everett’s First Baptist Church was charged in King County Superior Court with the crime after police said he made arrangements to meet with what he thought was a teenage girl and then drove to Seattle with $200 as payment along with condoms, according to a report by the Seattle Times.
The report said Lawlor, who had turned in his resignation to the church, posted the $50,000 bond at his court appearance Wednesday and remains free. He is expected to be arraigned on the charge March 7.
The story said a police detective with the Seattle Police Department’s Vice/High Risk Victims Unit posted an ad in the “Casual Encounters” section of an unnamed website Feb. 8 and Lawlor responded to the ad.
There was an email conversation where the detective pretended to be a 16-year-old girl who was “full of energy” and wanted to be paid for sex and Lawlor allegedly requested photos of the girl and asked about her availability.
The plan was Lawlor would drive to Seattle, pick up the girl at a location near the Northgate Mall on Tuesday and take her back to his Everett home for sex, according to the report here