3/1/2018 2:55:00 PM Felony plea results in over 30 years in prison
A 54-year-old man who entered a guilty plea in September to two felony counts of sexual acts with a victim under the age of 16 was sentenced to two consecutive terms in the state prison in St. Cloud of 200 months a piece. Pedro Antonio Lawler has been jailed for 602 days, while his case made it through the courts. Sentencing was Monday this week before Judge Bridgid Dowdal.
Lawler originally entered a not guilty plea May 30, 2017, to over a dozen counts including first and third degree criminal sexual acts, and also disseminating works of pornography, use of a minor in a performance or pornographic work.
All but the two felonies were dismissed in September 2017 as part of a plea agreement before Judge Dowdal.
Lawler will pay about $300 in fines from prison wages. He will register and submit a DNA sample as a sex offender. He is not to have any weapons nor transport any weapons or ammunition. Restitution for the victims is undetermined at this time, but is reserved for later.
Lawler was brought to the attention of the Lakes Area Police Dept. when a parent of a Twin Cities girl reported to Woodbury Police a suspected sexual assault had taken place in 2016 at a motel in Chisago City. The young girl also showed her parent lewd images of the man she said was involved, that had been sent her on her phone. The victim had befriended Lawler’s stepdaughter and was staying briefly with the girl and Lawler at a room in the motel for a swim weekend.