November 2018

Paedophile bragged online about ‘having fun’ with girl, 13, then told police it was just a ‘fantasy’

A paedophile bragged online about ‘having fun’ with a child in a moment of ‘bravado’, a court heard.

Billy Taylor, 21, hadn’t actually abused the 13-year-old girl, but claimed that he could ‘have fun with’ the child.

He was later found to have more than 1,000 indecent images of children on his mobile phone.

A judge spared him jail after saying he had ‘strong’ mitigation.

Manchester Crown Court was told that Taylor came onto the police’s radar when they learned he had been involved in ‘inappropriate communications’ with a third party on a file sharing network.

A warrant was executed at Taylor’s home in Moston and they seized his mobile phone, prosecutor Andrew MacIntosh said.

On the phone there were 154 category A images, the most serious type, 194 category B images and 709 category C images downloaded over a three week period over July and August last year.

In each category, the majority had been deleted and were ‘inaccessible’ to normal users, other than experts.

Taylor had also sent category A images to another user online.

During the investigation, police found evidence of an online conversation Taylor had with another user.

The user said he was interested in children, and Taylor replied saying that he was also interested in minors, ‘anything from four to 14’, according to prosecutors.

He went on to say he knew a 13-year-old girl ‘who I have fun with…when I have got chance’, adding that he paid her for it.

Taylor then sent the user an image of the girl, an image which wasn’t explicit.

Prosecutors say there is no suggestion Taylor actually sexually abused the girl, and he told police that it was a ‘fantasy’.

Defending, Paul Bryning said the images being inaccessible may mean that Taylor had not actually viewed them.

Mr Bryning said Taylor has a genuine desire to overcome his problem, and has paid for himself to take part in a course to help, the court heard.

He described the chat online as ‘inappropriate bravado in an inappropriate setting’.

The court heard that Taylor’s mother passed away when he was five, and he acts as main carer for his disabled father.

As a result, Taylor has led an ‘isolated experience’, and has had ‘limited social interaction’, Mr Bryning said.

Sentencing, Judge David Stockdale QC said: “This is serious offending. The making and possession of indecent images of children is not a victimless offence.”

But the judge said Taylor had ‘strong mitigation’ and sentenced him to two years in prison, suspended for two years.

He must complete 40 days rehabilitation activity requirement, and was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for ten years.

Taylor, of Hesford Avenue, Moston, pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing indecent images of a child, and two counts of distributing indecent images of a child.