Eastbourne woman jailed for sexually exploiting vulnerable boy

An Eastbourne woman has been sent to prison after being convicted of exploiting a vulnerable teenage boy for sexual purposes, Sussex Police have said.

Police said that Carole Taylor, 35, of Seaside Road, was sentenced to a total of five years imprisonment at Brighton Crown Court on Friday (January 14), following a Sussex Police investigation.

Police said she had been convicted in December after a six-day trial at Chichester Crown Court of two counts of sexual activity of a child, of meeting a child following sexual grooming, and sexual communication with a child.

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She will be a registered sex offender for life, police confirmed.

Sussex Police said Carole Taylor, 35, of Seaside Road, was sentenced to a total of five years imprisonment at Brighton Crown Court on Friday (January 14). Picture: Sussex Police.

Detective Sergeant Michaela Haddock of the East Sussex Safeguarding investigations Unit said: “[The boy’s] extraordinary bravery in providing evidence in this case is admirable and no doubt played a vital part in the jury returning the unanimous verdict that they did.

“The sentence reflects the seriousness of the irreparable impact that Taylor’s behaviour has had on this child but I hope that it will now allow him to move forward positively with his life.”

She added: “All reports of the abuse of children are taken extremely seriously and anyone with information about any such offending can contact us at any time and arrange to talk in confidence to our investigators.”

An NSPCC spokesperson said after the sentencing, “Taylor held the safety and wellbeing of this teenage boy in contempt when she groomed and sexually abused him.

“However, thanks to his courage in speaking out against his abuser, Taylor is now facing the consequences of her actions.

“Sexual abuse can have a devastating effect on the life of a child which can last long into adulthood and it is of the utmost importance that anyone who has concerns about a child’s welfare speaks out so that they can be protected.”

Visit www.sussex.police.uk for further information on reporting child abuse and the support that is available.