Duo jailed for ‘harrowing’ child sex offences

JAILED: Karen McNulty and Gary Taylor
JAILED: Karen McNulty and Gary Taylor

A middle-aged man persuaded a teenage girl to send him explicit photos of herself after using a false identity to make contact with her, Lincoln Crown Court was told.

Gary Taylor ,48, contacted the girl via Skype and she agreed to his request for photos.

Karen McNulty of Boston. ANL-150817-143111001

Karen McNulty of Boston. ANL-150817-143111001

Taylor responded with flattering comments and when he asked for more revealing pics she sent him even more explicit photos of herself.

The 16-year-old, described as ‘vulnerable’, later met him and only then realised she had been conned.

Steven Coupland, prosecuting, said “He is an IT specialist and a junior rugby coach.

“These inquiries began when a 16-year-old girl contacted police and disclosed contact with Taylor via Skype. As a result of a request from him she had sent at least one image of herself to him.

Gary Taylor, formerly of Swineshead. ANL-150817-143123001

Gary Taylor, formerly of Swineshead. ANL-150817-143123001

“Taylor was regularly on social media. He made contact with a number of girls aged 16 or thereabouts. He would gain their trust by talking about things they were interested in. A number of sexually explicit conversations would then take place.”

Mr Coupland said that during his conversations with the 16 year old Taylor told her it would be nice if he could see her body.

“She sent him a picture of herself in her underwear. He arranged a meeting. The arrangement was made to perform oral sex on each other. She came to his house but in the event nothing took place between them.”

The girl’s complaint to police sparked an investigation which revealed Taylor and his then partner Karen McNulty, a 43 year old nurse, to be paedophiles who fantasised about sexually abusing children.

Officers discovered Taylor had also tricked a second 16-year-old into sending him explicit photos after meeting her on the internet. Taylor, who posed as a teenager, later met her and they had sex together.

The court was told that a psychologist’s report described Taylor as posing ‘a very real danger to under-age girls’.

Taylor, of Adrian Close, Swineshead, was jailed for eight years. He admitted two charges of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, voyeurism, two charges of sexual assault, two charges of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, possession of indecent photos of children, three charges of making indecent photos of children and a further charge of possession of extreme pornography.

His former partner Karen McNulty, 43, of Wybert Crescent, Boston, admitted sexual assault, two charges of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and voyeurism. She was jailed for four years and 10 months.

Both were placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Judge John Pini QC , passing sentence, told Taylor: “You have shown yourself to be a determined paedophile. The damage you have done can hardly be imagined.”

Michael Cranmer-Brown, for Taylor said his client could neither explain nor understand what he had done.

“He is a quietly spoken, shy man who has not, prior to this, demonstrated that he had this flaw in his personality

Alison Summers, for McNulty, said “She is ashamed and she is disgusted by what she has done. She has lost her good character. She has lost her employment. She will almost certainly lose her home.”

Det Con Michelle Adamson of Lincolnshire Police said, “This case has been horrendous. It was a harrowing ordeal for all the victims involved and I would like to pay tribute to their bravery and assistance throughout the investigation. It is a clear message to offenders that such criminal activity will be uncovered and prosecution will follow.”