August 2023

Pervert, 36, tried to initiate sex chat with eight-year-old on online game before child’s mother took control of the app and exposed him

A 36-year-old pervert tried to initiate a sex chat with an eight-year-old girl on an online game before the child’s mother took control of the app and exposed him.  

Owen Taylor approached the schoolgirl – who was playing Movie Star Planet on her tablet – by claiming to be a teenager under a different username. 

Taylor was actually 36 when he went on the game to send pictures of his body and become ‘flirtatious’, Newcastle Crown Court heard. 

Claire Anderson, prosecuting, said the defendant called her ‘cute’ during the chats which he later tried to continue on other online sites.

On discovering the stranger’s message, the girl’s mother changed her daughter’s profile to allow the child to keep playing under a different name, but she was later horrified to discover Taylor contacted her again days later.

The mother then pretended to be the girl so she could gather more information before later contacting the police. 

Taylor, now 40, of Pendyfryn Farm, Dwygyfylchi, Wales, admitted sexual communication with a child and attempted sexual communication with a child.

Taylor was cautioned in 2011 for outraging public decency by “upskirting” a teenage girl in a shop

In an impact statement, the girl’s mother said her family’s lives had been changed forever by the ordeal.

She added that she felt ‘sick to the stomach’ after making the discoveries on the app, which she was led to believe was safe for children that age.

Judge Timothy Gittins sentenced Taylor to eight months behind bars.

He told him: ‘You targeted a website called Movie Star Planet which was clearly aimed at young children under the age of 13.

‘In any event you knew that clearly she was of such a young age from her profile picture.

‘You engaged with her in chats that you deliberately intended to develop not only in a sexualised conversation but also images of a sexual nature being exchanged.’

The judge said Taylor tried to ‘entice her away from the app onto the more readily delete-able messaging service of Snapchat.’

The court heard the child’s mum was horrified when she discovered the nature of the messages.

He added: ‘You asked her to delete the chat at one point and you deleted what you had on your device, or at least attempted to.

‘She (the mother) ended the chat and changed the name of her daughter’s profile on that website but that did not deter you. Only a day or two later you contacted her again on her new profile.

‘Sadly but fortunately she became worried and confused about what you were asking her to do.’

Unbeknown to Taylor, the girl’s mother had taken over the account and was continuing to engage with the defendant in order to try to bring him down.

The judge added: ‘You continued to engage in flirtatious conversation with who you thought was an eight-year-old child and sent further images of yourself and requested images from her.’

The court heard that ‘investigative’ work was carried out by both the girls’ parents which eventually led to Taylor’s arrest.

Taylor will also be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for ten years.