March 2013

Paedophile from Bury worked as a DJ at children’s disco


Scott Anthony Taylor, 30, had been ordered not to work or have unsupervised contact with youngsters after he was jailed for having sex with a schoolgirl he met online.

A convicted paedophile flouted a ban on working with kids – by hiring himself out as a DJ at children’s parties.

Scott Anthony Taylor, 30, was ordered not to work  or have unsupervised contact with youngsters after he was jailed for having sex with a schoolgirl he met online.

But Taylor – of Hornby Street, Bury – ignored the conditions to put on a monthly disco for under-11s at the Funtastic Play Centre in Radcliffe.

Following the venue’s first show on March 1, bosses became aware of Taylor’s past and immediately called police.

He performed for more than two hours to a crowd of around 25 children for a £30 fee and later told officers he had not understood the terms of the order.

Taylor had been jailed for nine months in 2010 after admitting travelling to Northern Ireland three times to have sex with a 15-year-old girl he groomed on the internet.

He was arrested for breaching the order after the disco, and hauled before Bury magistrates court. Shazia Aslam, prosecuting, said: “The defendant is prohibited from working with children or any vulnerable adults and is allowed no unsupervised contact with any under-16 unless it is consented by the parents or police.

“The play centre were organising a new event, a monthly children’s disco for nought to 11-year-olds with the first scheduled for March 1.

“Six weeks before, the manager contacted the defendant as he is the brother of one of her good friends.

“She made it clear to him that the party was for children aged under 11.

“He set up his lights and DJ equipment and the children started to arrive at 5.45pm and were supervised by parents.

“The party ended at 8pm when the music was stopped and the defendant left at 8.30pm.” Emma Savage, defending, said: “There’s clearly work that needs to be done with Mr Taylor. This offence has been committed as he had some confusion with the conditions of the Sex Offender Order.”

Taylor, who is unemployed, admitted the breach at an earlier hearing. He was given a six-month community order with supervision. He was also order-ed to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

A spokesman for Funtastic Play Centre said: “Everyone at Funtastic Play Centre is deeply upset by the recent events and we are relieved the matter has been dealt with.”