Dangerous Gloucester paedophile jailed for abusing girls and downloading vile images
Predatory paedophile Mark Taylor has been sentenced to ten years imprisonment – with an extended four year period of parole after his release.
Gloucester Crown Court heard that Taylor, of Manor Park, Longlevens, Gloucester had been offending over a five year period, downloading numerous sexual images of young children from the age of three to 15 and then grooming and abusing three young teenagers.
The jail term imposed on 49-year-old Taylor yesterday was not his first – in June 2018 he had received a two year sentence at Cardiff Crown Court after being caught by paedophile hunters who set an online trap for him.
Mary Cowe, prosecuting the latest offences yesterday, said in each instance he had groomed his victims before sexually abusing them. At the point of his arrest there were more than 1000 indecent images on his phone and devices.
A pre-sentence report on Taylor from the probation service described him as “deceitful and manipulative” and said: “Taylor’s behaviour is predatory and persistent; he has repeatedly been able to establish relationships with young girls by grooming them via internet chat rooms.”
Judge Ian Lawrie QC disagreed and said: “He is a man in denial. It is quite clear that there are issues that need addressing. He fails to comply with any court order and makes little effort to help himself.”
Taylor pleaded guilty to 14 offences, including taking indecent photos and videos of girls between July 2015 and June 2017 – and he admitted having almost 1000 indecent images and videos of children between Jan 2015 and June 2017.
He also has asked the court to take into consideration two further offences of having indecent images of children and one of possessing extreme pornography. Taylor also admitted breaching a sexual harm prevention order.
Judge Lawrie said to Taylor: “My own experience of dealing with people like you, backed up by the author of your pre-sentence report, is that you are plainly dangerous and you pose a risk to young girls.”
The judge sentenced Taylor to an extended prison term of 14 years, two of which will be in custody and 12 years on licence and ordered Taylor to sign the sex offenders register for life and to be subject to a 15-year sexual harm prevention order which includes limited internet use and being barred from being in the company of girls under the age of 16.
Taylor was also subjected to a restraining order prohibiting him from contacting his victims
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