Judge David Saunders said the year-old had been a virgin and had had sex with Davidson after four to six weeks of grooming. The girl had contemplated self-harm and suicide since the offending.
Two of the girls were aged 15 and one was aged only 12 and was wearing her intermediate school uniform when year-old Lawrence John Davidson met her on the street after the internet contact. There is comment that parents need to be vigilant about what their children are doing in computer chat rooms and the associations they might make in that medium.
He said that would give plenty of time for Davidson to be assessed and to receive treatment.
An Auckland man's sexual contact with three girls, who lied about their ages on internet adult chat-rooms, has led to a five-year jail term imposed in Christchurch District Court today. Website of the Year.
Judge Saunders imposed a series of concurrent jail terms totalling five years. Crown prosecutor Zannah Johnston had sought a minimum non-parole period for Davidson but Judge Saunders said it was not warranted.
He also directed that Davidson be kept safe from other prisoners, and told the prison escort officer at court: "It now falls on your shoulders to ensure safe transport for this man to prison. One of the complainants had indecent photographs which she had been using on her websites, and which had been deleted prior to a visit by the police.
Defence counsel Mark Wellington said Davidson had committed a crime of omission because he had not asked the lines of the girls. Davidson pleaded guilty to the charges last month after the Crown dropped a bid to transfer the trial to Auckland, and also dropped one charge of sexual violation by rape.
The second girl had been treated to an expensive haircut by Davidson as part of the seduction, but this had not led to any comment or investigation by the girl's parents. He had videoed her undressed and restraints had been used sex her during the chat.
Davidson had already begun a treatment programme and was likely to the considered as a suitable candidate for the Kia Marama sex offenders' treatment programme in prison. His name suppression was lifted when he pleaded guilty.
He was sentenced today after admitting three charges of having sexual connection with under-age girls, three of meeting the girls after sexual "grooming", and two of possessing objectionable images on his computer - images of two of the girls. On-line, the girls had said their ages were 18 and 16, and Davidson had also lied about his age when he contacted them through the chat-room.