June 2006

PAEDOPHILE OFFERED BOY CASH FOR SEX ACT

A PAEDOPHILE asked a schoolboy to engage in sexual activity in exchange for cash after following him from a Metro train.

Kenneth Taylor said he would give the 13-year-old 5 if he agreed to commit a sex act.

Newcastle Crown Court yesterday heard how the 44-year-old had been staring at the youngster who was on the train travelling from Hebburn to Chichester on November 22, last year.

Prosecutor Neil Pallister told the court: “As the train entered tunnels and dark areas, the boy noticed a male looking at him.

“He was sitting about 4ft away from him. The boy described the male kept looking at him.”

The court heard when the youngster got off the train at Chichester, Taylor followed and propositioned him near a back lane.

The boy fled the area unharmed and told his mother what had happened.

His mum went to the Metro with him the next day and the boy was able to point Taylor out.

Taylor, of City Road, Newcastle, admitted inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

The court heard Taylor is currently detained under the Mental Health

Act in a psychiatric hospital and is suffering from mental health problems.

Judge Esmond Faulks told him: “It seems to me hospital is the appropriate place for you at the moment to get the treatment you need.”

The judge sentenced him to a community order for three years with the condition he receives psychiatric treatment and supervision.

Taylor must register as a sex offender for five years and has been disqualified from working with children for life.