March 2021

Paedophile snared by undercover police at Bournemouth Pier

A convicted paedophile who arranged to meet a ‘mother and her two daughters’ with the intent of having sexual activity with a child has been jailed after a undercover police sting.

David Merrick Taylor began talking to a woman online who he believed was a single mother who had two daughters, aged eight and 11.

Taylor sent pictures of himself and discussed what he wanted to do to the girls before arranging a meeting at Bournemouth Pier.

The meeting in January came just days after first exchanging messages with the undercover officer who had assumed the role of the fictional mother.

The 48-year-old was then identified by officers and arrested.

He had a rucksack with him which contained lubricant, condoms and sweets.

The defendant, of Havilland Road East, Bournemouth, admitted a charge of attempting to arrange or facilitate sexual activity with a child at Poole Magistrates’ Court on January 23.

He was jailed for four years after appearing at Bournemouth Crown Court.

Prosecuting, Richard Sedgwick said Taylor committed this offence while subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), which had first been issued following an extremely similar crime in 2017.

On that occasion he was caught by a paedophile hunter group, who passed information on to police.

Mr Sedgwick said on January 19 of this year the defendant started messaging the undercover police officer on messaging service Chatiw and the content of what he said became explicit and of a sexualised nature.

The meeting was arranged in the days that followed and officers arrested the defendant at the pier.

Judge Brian Forster QC said the case was “particularly serious” given the defendant had been sentenced to a significant period of imprisonment for a very similar offence in 2017 and he was already subject to a SHPO.

“You travelled to this area (the pier) for the purpose of carrying out sexual activities with a child aged eight or 11,” said the judge.

“You travelled to the area equipped with lubricant gel, fruit flavoured condoms children’s sweets and binoculars.”

He added: “Courts have a clear duty to deter sexual predators from committing crimes against children.”

Taylor was placed on the sex offender’s register indefinitely, with terms of a new SHPO made at a later hearing.

September 2017

Trowbridge man jailed after online sting

A man who was caught by an online child protection team when he went to meet a “girl” he groomed online has been jailed.

David Taylor, 45, made online sexual approaches to what he thought was an 11-year-old before arranging to meet her in Bath in April.

When Taylor, of Rodwell Park, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, arrived he was confronted by the unnamed team

Taylor was jailed for 40 months after he admitted attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

Police launched an investigation and traced Taylor from a video of the confrontation posted on Facebook.

After being arrested Taylor told police he had taken condoms with him to the meeting outside a KFC restaurant.

James Haskell, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court : “It seems this person had effectively sought to emulate what is referred to as ‘paedophile hunters’ and that person engaged in online chat conversations with the defendant pretending to be an 11-year-old girl.

“The defendant engaged in conversations with that person believing it was a child under 13. He sent photographs of himself and he engaged in conversations of a sexually explicit nature.”

Taylor was also given a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years and placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely.