August 2016

Paedophile jailed for ‘evil’ web plot

An ‘evil’ paedophile who pressurised a young mother into sending him an indecent photograph of her three-month-old daughter has been jailed for more than two years.

Richard Taylor, an overweight 35-year-old father-of-three, used a bogus profile and fake picture to lure the victim and another woman into contacting him through the dating site Plenty of Fish by pretending to be a muscular former soldier in his 20s, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.

Taylor, using the name armybackman, made contact with the first woman last August and quickly persuaded her to switch to the phone application Kik.

Prosecutor Alison Scott-Jones said: “This is notorious for affording users maximum anonymity. He wanted to be anonymised. It was a despicable offence.”

He asked for and was sent a topless picture of the woman.

But when his request for more intimate shots was refused the photograph was returned with the caption: ‘I know a lot about you and unless you do as I say, I will send it to your friends and family.’

Taylor sent messages counting down from ten down to one, showing how close he was to posting the picture online.

She told police she felt ‘physically sick’ but called his bluff and he never carried out the threat.

The next day, September 15, he started internet chat with the second victim, still posing as an ex-military man.

“He used exactly the same method, using the same sites with requests for topless pictures and discussions about whether they were going to meet up,” said the prosecutor.

Then she mentioned that she had a child and he asked for a naked picture of the little girl claiming that this would show she trusted him sufficiently to start a proper relationship.

He insisted the picture would be destroyed on receipt.

The first photo was ‘not good enough’ and so he requested another which showed the baby in an intimate pose, the court was told.

It was later found stored on his mobile phone.

The victim had lowered security tags on her Facebook page and there were fears he would use this private information to threaten her further.

Police traced and arrested him in January.

Ex-tyre fitter Taylor from Copse Crescent, Pelsall, said he had a low sex drive and wanted to see if he still ‘had it.’

Mr Devon Small, defending, said: “He said he sent messages demanding more indecent images.”

Taylor admitted two offences of attempting to cause a person to engage in sexual activity and one of possession of an indecent image.

He was jailed for 28 months by Judge James Burbidge QC who said the behaviour had been ‘nasty, verging on evil.’