School worker tried to arrange meeting with Lincolnshire girl, 15

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A school IT worker who tried to arrange meeting a 15-year-old Lincolnshire girl during a Facebook conversation has today (Friday) been ordered to register as a sex offender for five years.

David Elliott Taylor, 28, was also told to complete a sex offenders rehabilitation course and placed on probation for three years after he admitted a charge of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Taylor made inappropriate comments to the girl, who lives in East Lincolnshire, during a Facebook conversation on December 28, 2014.

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At the time of the offence Taylor was working in the information technology department of a girls’ school in Wiltshire, the court was told.

Tony Stanford, prosecuting, said Taylor complimented the girl and told her she was “sexy.”

Taylor suggested she go for a drive with him and arranged a meeting for the following Tuesday.

Mr Stanford told the court Taylor also said he wanted the girl to “snog him” and told her he wanted to put her up against a wall and do things to her.

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Concerns were raised by the behaviour of the girl, who can not be named for legal reasons, and her Facebook page was looked at.

Graham Huston, mitigating, said following a probation report on Taylor the need for a sexual rehabilitation course was “transparent.”

The court heard Taylor had no previous convictions. Mr Huston added: “He is married now and lives in Swindon.”

Taylor, of Swindon, Wiltshire, admitted a single charge of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming on December 28, 2014.

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Passing sentence Judge Simon Hirst told Taylor his choice was to pass a short jail sentence or make him the subject of a community order.

Judge Hirst said: “You have lost your good character and inevitably your career as well.

“It seems to me the public and you would be better served by a community order. This is not an easy option.”

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