September 2020

Pervert finally jailed after going on the run three times

A paedophile who went on the run three times after being exposed by a paedophile hunting team has finally been jailed

Phillip David Taylor, of Wells, but formerly Hull appeared at Taunton Crown Court where he faced multipl charges which included:

  • Two counts of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity

  • Two counts of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child

The court was told that Taylor who used an alias of ‘Flip Flop’ had contacted the online profiles of at least 20 different underage girls and went on to send sexually explicit messages

However, unbeknown to him, he had actually messaged multiple decoys from various paedophile hunting teams.

Team Impact contacted the UK database team and a sting was organised to exposed Taylor.

In late 2017, the team found Taylors address in Wells, Somerset and proceeded to interview him about his internet activity.

Taylor was obnoxious, arrogant and ignorant to the seriousness of his crimes, and downplayed his offending and the danger he posed to young girls.

During the questioning, the team said Taylor acted in a manner that He echoed Jimmy Saville. To which Taylor repied that he believed ‘Jimmy Savile was innocent’

Taylor was arrested after the sting, but was released on bail pending further enquiries by police – however, he evaded the police and went on the run for 13 months.

He was caught and was given a new court date, but failed to show again, so a warrant was made for his arrest. He was again caught by police and re-bailed to re-appear at court a few months later.

However, he failed to appear at court for a third time. But was eventually caught and was sentenced at Taunton Crown Court last week.

The judge sentenced Taylor to 22 months imprisonment

A 10 year sexual harm prevention order was made and he was told to register as a sex offender for ten years