July 2021

Former jockey exposed by paedophile hunters

A former jockey has avoided a prison sentence after being exposed by paedophile hunters

Terry Taylor sent sexual messages to a fictional 13-year-old girl whose profile had been put on Facebook by a paedophile hunting team

He asked her to touch herself during one message and made arrangements to travel from his home near Holsworthy to meet her before realising his mistake and cancelling the trip.

Taylor, aged 56, is a former horseracing jockey who has a partial disability

A judge at Exeter Crown Court suspended his sentence after hearing that he would lose his specially adapted housing association home if he went straight to jail.

He made contact with the false profile after using a ‘find a friend’ feature on Facebook but told the decoy his own name, age and address.

Taylor, of Bradworthy, near Holsworthy, admitted attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and was jailed for two years, suspended for two years by Judge Timothy Rose.

He was also ordered to do 20 days of rehabilitation activities and put on the sex offenders’ register.

Mr Joss Ticehurst, prosecuting, said Taylor contacted what he thought was a 13-year-old girl called Katie on December 13, 2019, and his messages became sexual over the next few weeks.

He said he wanted to kiss her and on December 28 that he was feeling aroused as well as more explicit suggestions.

He arranged to meet her in Bromley, Kent, where she claimed to live, and booked train tickets and three nights in a hotel, but cancelled them instead of leaving home.