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22 July 2016, 14:44
22-year-old Neil Taylor from Leamington has been jailed after admitting 13 counts of child sex offences.
The former army cadet force instructor was sentenced to 18 months in prison at Warwick Crown Court. Taylor admitted one count of sexual assault, one count of grooming and meeting a boy under the age of 16 and 11 counts of making indecent images of a child.
He's also been ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years, and been subjected to a 10 year Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).
Taylor was initially arrested following an investigation led by the Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) team after a report was made to Warwickshire Police. The grooming and sexual assault offences took place between 2013 and 2014.
PC Mark Finch from Warwickshire Police said:
"Taylor deliberately targeted and befriended his teenage victim, he groomed him purely for his own gratification. He is clearly a danger to children, and we are committed to tracking down offenders like him.
"The victim has shown exceptional bravery and should be commended for his courage in coming forward.
"This case proves that we will take all reports of abuse seriously, no matter when it took place, and we will thoroughly investigate all reports."