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Henlow man jailed for online grooming offences

31 Oct 2017

A man from Henlow has been jailed for 15 months after being found guilty of grooming offences.

Paul Taylor, 48, of Harrier Mill, was sentenced at Luton Crown Court on Friday (27 October) after being found guilty of attempting to meet a teenage boy after grooming. He was also made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.

Taylor used social media apps such as Grinder and Kik to groom someone who he believed was aged just 14 years old and sent sexually explicit messages. He made plans to meet the person but was arrested shortly afterwards. On his arrest he was found to have various sex related paraphernalia in his vehicle.

Detective Constable Kevin Howes, investigating officer, said: “Online grooming is a very real threat and something which we as a force are working incredibly hard to tackle.

“I’m pleased that Taylor has been given a custodial sentence and I would urge any other victims of sexual abuse to speak out and report it. We will support you and justice can be done.”

Information about how to keep children safe online is available on the Bedfordshire against CSE website.

Paul Taylor
Paul Taylor

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