June 2013 –  Now living in the North end of Middlesbrough

October 2008

Child sex abuser admits offences

A PAEDOPHILE has been jailed after his victim snared him into admitting his guilt in a recorded telephone call.

Stephen Taylor committed the indecent assaults against his child victim in the 1990s, Teesside Crown Court heard.

The abused female decided to report the sickening crimes in July last year to protect other youngsters from 44-year-old Taylor.

But before calling police she telephoned Taylor to tell him she was reporting the incidents and secretly taped the conversation.

During the call he told her: “I can understand what was done was wrong between ourselves.” He made numerous admissions, adding: “I went to church for forgiveness about it.”

Taylor pleaded guilty to four charges of indecent assault against a child, which started when she was 11.

The court heard during one incident Taylor plied the girl with vodka before sexually abusing her.

His defence barrister, Mark McKone, told the court that his client had suffered with clinical depression in 1996 and was regularly admitted to the University of North Tees’ psychiatric unit.

In 2006 Taylor moved away from Teesside to start a new life in Cornwall where he was employed in a hotel.

The judge, Recorder Simon Phillips, said: “You used her to satisfy your own distorted sexual gratification and needs.

“She trusted you when she was still a young girl and you began to grossly abuse that trust.”

The judge jailed Taylor for two years and three months and banned him from working with children.

He will also be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.