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Kirsten Taylor locked up after starting secret relationship with 14-year-old child

By Paul Hooper

A young Margate woman sexually groomed a child after sneaking her into her bedroom.

Kirsten Taylor, 21, became attracted to the victim two years ago and began a clandestine relationship, Canterbury Crown Court heard.

Taylor, of Mere Gate, made her 14-year-old victim “feel special” during their mutual sex play.

Taylor started a secret relationship with the child. Stock image

Taylor started a secret relationship with the child. Stock image

But Judge Heather Norton told her that her victim was a child and there had been “an element of grooming before the offences took place."

“It was a consensual relationship with a child and it went on a number of months.

“She was 14 and was a child and you knew what you were doing was wrong but you carried on doing it.”

The court heard how the victim had been contacted through her X Box and they chatted for 90 minutes.

Prosecutor Donna East said that Taylor then “sneaked her into her address” without her parents knowing and the two began kissing and cuddling under a quilt.

The case was heard at Canterbury Crown Court

The case was heard at Canterbury Crown Court

The child, who is now 16, told police in her victim impact statement she had felt “confused and scared” and it had affected her education.

John Barker, defending, said Taylor was now isolated and suffered from low self esteem.

Taylor – who admitted six sex charges – was given a sentence of 14 months in a Young Offenders Institute suspended for 18 months.

She was also ordered to stay at her home between 8pm and 7am for the next three months and told to keep away from the victim and her family.

Taylor has also now signed the sex offender’s list and will remain there for 10 years.

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