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Workington sex offender jailed for more illegal contact with children

Carlisle Crown Court

A YOUNG convicted sex offender has been locked up by a judge for illegal contact with three 13-year-old children.

Carlisle Crown Court heard today how 20-year-old Jamie Joseph Taylor “sought out” the company of two teenage boys. Taylor contacted one by calls and text messages, attaching “lots of kisses”. He would “solicit” the boy’s company, making him feel uncomfortable by hugging him and walking close by.

Taylor threatened and scared the other boy, engaging in inappropriate physical contact and sending him “hundreds” of text messages. A victim impact statement read to the court revealed Taylor’s offending still caused that boy “upset and distress”.

Taylor also had illegal contact with a 13-year-old girl. He was mean to the female, sent a message in which he told her to “kill herself” and texted her a photo of himself topless and partially covered with a duvet.

All the while, Taylor was subject to the strict terms of a five-year court order which prohibited him from having any unsupervised contact with under-16s, including via text message and multi-media. This was part of his punishment, imposed by a judge in April, 2018, for previous child sex offending.

Taylor admitted six offences of breaching that order, two charge of sexual activity with a child and was sentenced this afternoon (THURS).

Judge Nicholas Barker considered background reports, heard of Taylor’s difficult life history and that he had already served three months in custody – an experience the defendant had described as “horrible” and one which made him appreciate freedom and liberty.

But Judge Barker imposed 15 months’ immediate youth detention after concluding there wasn’t a realistic prospect of rehabilitation. “Immediate custody is the only sentence which is appropriate,” the judge told Taylor, of Falcon Street, Workington.

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