January 2021

Pervert once snared by Dark Justice caught using aliases in online chat rooms, despite being barred

A pervert once snared by paedophile hunters sending explicit messages to a “child” was caught again using aliases online, despite being banned.

David Taylor was made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) in 2018 after he was jailed for attempting to meet a child following grooming

At the time, the 45-year-old thought he’d been talking to an underage girl but was in fact talking to members of Dark Justice, who had sent up a decoy profile in chat room, chatavenue.com.

The 10-year SHPO banned Taylor from using fake names online but, within two years of his release, he was using two different aliases in the same chat room, a court heard.

Police officers discovered Taylor’s actions when they conducted a routine visit to his house on Madeira Avenue, in Whitley Bay, and his mobile phone was seized.

North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court was told that Taylor had messaged a child but “nothing untoward” was said.

Now, Taylor is facing another possible jail sentence after he pleaded guilty to one count of breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Prosecutor, Glenda Beck, said Taylor was made subject to the order for 10 years in 2018 after he was jailed for eight months.

“The defendant uses the same method here as he did in the index offence by going on websites and using alias names to do so to speak to females,” Ms Beck continued.

“It would not appear there are not any other charges arising out of him speaking to children this time but he has been speaking to them.

“It’s a serious breach of the order. He’s made contact using an alias through an internet site.”

The court heard that police attended Taylor’s address on May 15 last year and discovered he’d been using fake names on chatavenue.com – the same site he was initially caught on by Dark Justice.

Ms Beck added: “He was using names Golf Boy and Sporty Boy, amongst others. His mobile phone was examined and he was visiting the site almost daily in the days prior.”

During his police interview, Taylor claimed he hadn’t been able to recall the full conditions of his SHPO and had accessed the chat room out of “boredom”.

Magistrates adjourned Taylor’s case to the preparation of a pre-sentence report. He was released on unconditional bail to next appear back before the same court on February 17.