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Accountant blames bad eyesight for his sexual advances towards a 13-year-old boy

By Mason White 4:58 PM September 4, 2016
Charles Lawrence 

By: Wayne Morin
A man was left humiliated after he was caught on camera attempting to have sex with a young teenager.

60-year-old Charles Lawrence III, of New York, was arrested after setting up a meeting with a 13-year-old to have sex.

Lawrence met the boy on the dating site Grindr. The two exchange sexually explicit messages, and Lawrence told the boy that he can be his sex teacher, according to police.

When Lawrence, who works as an accountant and real-estate agent, set up a time to meet with the boy, he was confronted by undercover agents and by cameras.

Attorney John Smriga said that the undercover operation to catch Lawrence and other predators was a joint venture between his office, Fairfield police and former “To Catch a Predator” host Chris Hansen.

Lawrence was lured to a decoy house that was rigged with cameras for an episode of Hansen’s new show, “Hansen vs. Predator.”

Lawrence told investigators that he misread the text message in which the boy told him his age. He claimed that he thought that the boy wrote that he was 18 years old rather than 13 years old.

Attorney Edward Gavin said that the text Lawrence received had a one and a three, which he mistook for a one and an eight.

Lawrence pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted sexual assault, attempted risk of injury to a minor and enticing a minor to have an obscene performance.

Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin did not accept Lawrence’s defense, noting that the case was not about his eyesight or reading.

He was sentenced to two years in prison.