February 2015

Pervert groomed underage girls at disco he set up


PERVERT Danny Taylor-Foote groomed teenage girls asking them for sex through his under-18s disco night.

The 22-year-old appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court and admitted four counts of inciting two underage girls into sexual activity.

The court heard Taylor-Foote had met the girls two years ago through a night he had co-organised called Rekless, which was specifically for under-18s.

The night was at Pure Nightclub, in Guildhall Walk and attracted hundreds of youngsters.

Taylor-Foote began messaging his victims through a Facebook group set up to promote the night before moving over to his personal account to hide his deception from the other organisers.

The teenage girls, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said the incidents had a lasting effect on their lives, leading them to fail exams and affecting their physical and mental health.

Statements from the girls were given to the judge. They said they felt particularly aggrieved as Taylor-Foote had gone on to have a successful career opening hair salons, while they had felt held back by the lasting effects of his actions.

One girl, who was just 13 when the pair met, said the relationship had taken a sinister turn when she turned 14.

Taylor-Foote, who had lied about his age when they first met, saying he was 18, would take her in his car to Southsea and Eastney seafront and pester her for sex acts. He led her to believe that she was his girlfriend and arranged to take her to Brighton for the weekend for her 15th birthday, knowing that she was still at school.

Taylor-Foote admitted kissing and touching her over her clothing, but said the relationship did not develop further.

The other girl, who was also 14 when Taylor-Foote began suggesting sexual activity to her, met him through the disco night’s Facebook group.

He would send her messages on the social network asking for sexy pictures.

She complied and sent pictures of herself in provocative poses in underwear, which were found when police arrested him in May 2013 after the previous relationship came to light.

Taylor-Foote’s defence Elisabeth Bussey-Jones said: ‘Mr Taylor-Foote is acutely aware that he has made grave errors.’

Judge Sarah Munro QC said: ‘Your treatment of them has had a devastating effect on their home life and on their education. They rightly feel that while you have a successful business they are yet to reach their full potential.’

Taylor-Foote, of Stubbington Avenue, North End, Portsmouth pleaded guilty to the four counts.

Judge Munro sentenced Taylor-Foote to two years in prison for the four offences, suspended for two years. She said: ‘This is the chance you need and it is a chance to put all this behind you.’

Taylor-Foote must sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years and attend 100 days of a Thames Valley Sex Offenders Group Programme.

He must also pay £1,000 in court costs and he was given a Sexual Offenders Prevention Order preventing him from contacting girls under 16 online.

Abuse caused lasting damage to both teenagers

ONE of the teenage girls groomed by Taylor-Foote said she was so upset by the abuse she tried to kill herself.

She was embarrassed about sending pictures of herself in underwear to him, after she felt pressured into doing so, and didn’t know where to turn for help.

In a statement, she said: ‘One evening I walked to the footbridge at Fratton railway deciding that I wanted to jump on to the tracks and take my own life. It was only because a man grabbed me that I didn’t jump.’

As Taylor-Foote originally pleaded not guilty to the charges, only admitting the four counts on the first day of trial, the two girls were prepared to give evidence, which added to their stress.

The other girl said in her statement: ‘Since being told I would be giving evidence I have suffered depression.

‘He was aware of what he had done and could have pleaded guilty a lot sooner and stopped a lot of this unnecessary pressure and worry.’

Det Con Paul Stenton praised the victims for their bravery.

He said: ‘Taylor-Foote targeted young women, vulnerable due to their age. He used his position to gain their trust.’