June 2017

Margate female sex offender spared jail after admitting ‘secret relationship’ with schoolgirl, 14

A woman from Margate who engaged in sexual activity with a schoolgirl had a “secret relationship” with her 14-year-old victim.

Kirsten Taylor, 21, of Mere Gate, was spared prison at Canterbury Crown Court today (June 14) after she had previously pleaded guilty to numerous sexual offences.

The court head “socially-isolated” Taylor was 19 at the time of the offence and would sneak the girl – who cannot be identified for legal reasons – into her parents’ house.

Donna East, prosecuting, said the sexual offences were committed from February 2015 where the pair were in a consensual relationship for six to seven months.

She said: “Towards the end of the relationship Taylor became controlling, so the girl brought the relationship to the end.

“She said Taylor had made her feel special.”

She added: “Taylor explained she was a teenager in her head and said she was in charge of sexual things that happened.

“Taylor insisted no-one knew about their relationship. She was worried she would be considered a paedophile.”

After the victim’s mum found out about the relationship, the defendant was arrested in October 2015.

Sentencing the defendant, Judge Heather Norton said: “At the time you were still young, but the victim was much younger. She was 14 and was still a child.

“You knew it was wrong, but you carried on doing it.”

She added how the victim described how she was “confused” and “scared” and the relationship affected her school life.

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Taylor was handed a 14 month suspended sentence and issued a curfew from 8pm to 7am.

She must complete a 60 day female sex offenders programme and was issued a £100 fine.

Taylor is also prohibited from contacting the victim and her family.