Paedophile stalker who thought he was a teenage boy jailed

Damon Taylor was sentenced to four years jail.
Damon Taylor was sentenced to four years jail.

A dangerous Bridlington paedophile who thinks he is a teenage boy has been jailed for four years for stalking young girls on the internet and sending them vile images.

Damon Taylor, 36, has a history of 45 sexual offences and was released early from an 18-month prison sentence for committing sex acts in front of children only to begin collecting 183 indecent images of girls and entering chat rooms seeking out a 16-year-old girlfriend.

Judge Mark Bury told Taylor: “There is a real risk that you will commit sexual offences in the future and there will be serious harm to children.”

Taylor told police he liked girls aged 11 to 14 and had sent out 226 indecent pictures of girls – some ritually abused - in the hope of getting more back.

Taylor of Seathorne Walk, Bridlington, was caught when police swooped on his flat. They found three child’s white school shirts and a pair of girls pants under his bed.

Crown barrister Julia Baggs told Hull Crown Court because of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order imposed by York Crown Court in 2010, Taylor was banned from using the internet, but had done all his stalking on a £500 iPhone.

Police seized the phone and analysis linked it to an email address Taylor was using in his search for a girlfriend. He visited sites with names like Little Pre-Teens and MeCom.

Ms Baggs said: “He admitted he regularly communicates with girls under 16. He said he has a preference for girls aged 11 to 14. He admits he was sending indecent images to young girls and indecent images of himself.”

Taylor appeared at Hull Crown Court in custody on Monday April 15 after admitting two charges of creating and distributing indecent images of children and two charges of breaching his Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

A psychologist’s report concluded he was of low intellect and believed although he was 36 he was the same age as the young girls.

Defence barrister Paul Norton urged the judge not to pass an indeterminate prison sentence from which he may never be released.

He said: “It is conceded that Mr Taylor does pose the possibility of a serious risk to members of the public.”

Jailing Taylor, Judge Bury said the iPhone provided the evidence of his email contact with young girls and obsession with indecent images of children.

“Each of these images represents harm to a child, as you know,” said Judge Bury.

“Worse than that, you sent them to children. You were hoping they would send you pictures of themselves. A psychiatric report says you have interest in girls aged eleven to 14. The report says that is unusual.

“You have little insight in to your sexual behaviour and the chance of re-offending is high. It seems to me there is a significant risk of you committing serious sexual offences in the future causing serious harm to children.”

The judge ordered Taylor should be given a four-year prison sentence with a four year extended license period, so if he commits any offences after his early release he will be liable to serve eight years.