Waterlooville man avoids prison for child abuse

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A MAN who abused a child when he was in his teens has avoided a jail sentence.

Peter Taylor was convicted by a jury of molesting the girl, who was aged six to eight, when he was aged 13 to 15.

Now 33, Taylor was let off a jail term after the court heard he had not committed any offences since the abuse.

Edward Franklin, defending, said Taylor’s life had been destroyed by the convictions.

‘The impact on Mr Taylor has been absolutely devastating,’ he said.

‘It led directly to the break-down of his marriage.

‘It led directly to his children being kept from him.’

He added: ‘It looks like a dreadful pubescent deterioration rather than a pattern which was going to continue.

‘It’s a long time since these offences took place. It does look as though this was an isolated passage in his life.’

Taylor, of Patridge Gardens, Waterlooville, pleaded guilty to one count of indecent assault and was found guilty by the jury of a further four counts of the same charge after a trial at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Judge Ian Pearson said Taylor was not a danger to children.

‘It’s perfectly clear that over the last 20 years or so you have fully rehabilitated yourself.

‘It seems to me that there’s no real risk of you reoffending.’

Taylor was given a 12-month sentence suspended for two years. He will be on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and must pay £1,000 in costs.