David Taylor, charged with aggravated assault of an indecent nature and the possession of pornographic material is a wanted man after failing to appear in the Magistrate’s Court in Dangriga last week. Taylor was granted Supreme Court bail after the Placencia Police had objected strongly to bail because he was deemed a flight risk. Police in Placencia are not happy about the turn of events, and that’s putting it mildly, and are asking anyone who knows the whereabouts of Mr. Taylor to call Crime Stoppers or the Placencia Police at telephone numbers; 503-3142 or 632-5341.
Dec 20, 2012 – Channel 5 News
British National pleads guilty to abusing Belizean child
Accused pedophile, David Taylor, was transported from Placencia to the Dangriga court this morning to face charges of a sexual nature. Taylor was busted this week just as he was preparing to leave the peninsula. In his house, police found computers and hard drives containing pornographic material involving young boys from Belize as well as from countries such as Afghanistan and India. This morning, he was unrepresented in court when he was charged for complaints made by a thirteen year old minor for unnatural sex, but Police suspect there are other boys involved. News Five’s Duane Moody reports about the surprising turn of events in the court today.
Duane Moody, Reporting
After ten this morning, accused pedophile, forty year old David Richard Taylor arrived at the Dangriga Magistrate’s Court where he was slapped with three offences—two counts of Aggravated Assault of an Indecent Nature and one count of Unnatural Crime—upon a thirteen year old minor of Placencia. The incidents occurred on March and August of this year where in court it was revealed that Taylor had carnal intercourse with the minor on the first occasion. Taylor initially pleaded guilty to the assault charges, but an unequivocal not guilty plea was entered by Magistrate Ed Usher who presided over the matter. For the unnatural crime, no plea was taken and that matter will be heard in the Supreme Court.
Insp. Mark Flowers, O.C. Placencia Police
“The charges were laid against David Taylor for two counts of aggravated assault of an indecent nature and he initially pled guilty. I, like the Magistrate, agree that he might not understand the gravity of the offences and these charges carry stiff prison sentence. It is the purview of the Magistrate that he is not fully understanding of the charges and therefore an unequivocal plea of not guilty was entered. The other charge of the unnatural crime was adjourned because that was an indictable matter. So that was adjourned until February twelve at which time the magistrate will hear the evidence or conduct the hearing for the charges of aggravated assault.”
After eleven the unrepresented Taylor existed the Court in cuffs and was transported in the pan of the police pickup.
“Mister Taylor, you initially pled guilty to the aggravated assault charges. Sit did you do this?”
David Richard Taylor, Accused Pedophile
“I have no comment at this stage, thank you.”
“Sir there are saying that you had several pictures on hard drives, etc; that you were in compromising position with these young boys. Anything of that sort?”
David Richard Taylor
“No comment at this stage.”
“Sir you pled guilty to these charges though. Why?”
And he was whisked away to the Central Prison where he is on remand until February twelfth, 2013 when he is to re-appear in Court. According to Officer Commanding the Placencia Police, the charges are with respect to only one complainant.
Daniel Ortiz, Channel 7
“If I understand the charges properly in court, it was in connection with one persons specifically that he was charged with all three of those offences.
Insp. Mark Flowers
“That’s correct. That is one complainant. We are in the process of recording statements from other people. This is now Christmas break from school and some of the complainants are not readily available. So as soon as we are done with those other complainants, we will be doing what we have to do.”
“These incidents went way back as March of this year. During that time span of nine months, there are other persons that may have been victims of this alleged perpetrator.”
Insp. Mark Flowers
“We are hoping that parents who have knowledge that their children may have been a victim would come forward and be assured that the police will do what we need to do in terms of exacting justice for their children. We will conduct investigations and until there is satisfactory resolution to all the evidence of what we have and we consider evidence and it is properly examined. Until that time, we will not relent with this investigation. This is serious to warrant the police’s full continued process. If there are other people involved, certainly once we have proof we will be digging them out.”
Taylor, who says he is a business consultant, lived in the peninsula since 2005 where the crimes were allegedly committed over a period of time.
Taylor is Belizean
40 Year old David Taylor – the Placencia resident accused of outrageous acts of child sexual exploitation – remains in prison tonight – where we understand he is in protective custody. Taylor has not applied for bail yet – and may end up waiting out the 90 days before he does so.
But who is Taylor? We’ve been reporting that he is a British National – and so he is. But what we didn’t know is that Taylor is half Belizean. His now deceased mother was Carmela Montejo, sister of the also deceased former PUP Representative Remijio Montejo – who was David Taylor’s uncle.
As we understand it, Taylor gained his citizenship – as all children of Belizean citizens can – by affirmation in 2008. He has been living in Belize since then. His mother Carmela married a British Officer in the 70’s and they had two children. She died in 1993 of cancer.
Source – 7News
British national long trail of abuse of children documented
A British national has been charged and will be arraigned for sexually abusing minors and for possession of sexual material. David Taylor has lived in the Placencia Peninsula since 2005; his suspicious behavior gave way to a search at his house that turned up a treasure trove of pictures and videos of him and minors in compromising sexual positions. At this stage of the investigation, the young boys have been traced to countries such as Afghanistan, India and at least four are from Belize and police suspect it may be part of an international ring. Thirty-seven year old Taylor was today initially charged with one count of Aggravated Assault of an Indecent Nature and Possession of Pornographic Material and it is likely that additional charges will be levied on him. According to information to News Five, Taylor was a bartender at the Purple Space Monkey until 2010 and later privately tutored several youths in the community. The police were tipped off weeks ago of the alleged sexual abuse which prompted the surveillance of his property. Several minors were seen frequenting his house and on the strength of a warrant, the police searched his house and confiscated several electronic devices including hard drives and computers. Further inspection of the devices by the I.T. Unit at the Police Headquarters in Belmopan, confirmed the suspicions of child pornography. Contained therein were images and videos of the local and foreign minors; some performing sexual acts on him. Inspector Mark Flowers says that there may be other alleged pedophiles in the area.
Insp. Mark Flowers, O.C., Placencia Police
“There is a case that we are in fact investigating and it has to be with perceived sexual and indecent assault on children. That is in fact ongoing; the investigation is not yet completed. Some charges will be levied against this individual today. He will be making an appearance in the Court tomorrow morning. Without divulging anything and still telling you what we did is we did in fact conduct at operation at his residence and on the strength of a warrant we conducted a search on his house for electronic devices: his computers, cell phones, flash drives, external hard drives—all the hard drives that he had and software that we suspected that he could have been placing these indecencies on. And we brought it to the police headquarters, the police information technology unit; that were able to examine the contents of the hard drives and confirm our suspicious. We had suspected something was wrong so to confirm those suspicious, we had to check it out. Of course he knew what we were doing all along.”
“I understand that he was trying to pack up; to leave when he was apprehended. Tell us about what gave it away that something was going on with him because if I am not mistaken, it was some weeks before that the police was tipped off that he was conducting these indecent activities with these young boys.”
Insp. Mark Flowers
“I have to hand it to you gentleman, yo bad. The truth is that police were in fact on this case some time ago. We were in fact doing an investigation and yes we heard that he was packing up and leaving and so we had to pick him up on Monday. There is no way we would have allowed him to escape, without being brought to court, not for this kind of thing. These are children and the most precious resource we have in Belize is our children. So it is without a doubt that we had to do something. Certainly he will be charged with the aggravated assault of an indecent nature on the children; that is the first charge that is without a doubt. And then we will look at what the Director of Public Prosecution directs.”
“How long does the police suspect that this had been going on?”
Insp. Mark Flowers
“We have no idea how long it has been going on. I know it came to our knowledge two weeks ago and since then we have acted affirmatively and we have treated that information very confidentially and it afforded us the opportunity to do surveillance and the remainder of the investigation. I need to look at his immigration documents and his status; I want to know if he is a permanent resident or on a work permit. I am certain he is not just vacationing. He has a residence and I understand that he has been working at different areas. I need to know if he has a work permit or if he has been working illegally. I need to look at that and as well invite the immigration department to look at that and as well to invite the immigration department to take a look at a lot of these people out on that peninsula who are out there working and I suspect without proper documents. I’m unable to confirm that right now, but I will ask immigration to come in and take a closer scrutiny. And keep an eye open for the others because I am certain he is not the only perpetrator down there.”
Taylor is to appear in the Dangriga Magistrate’s Court on Thursday for arraignment. Some time ago, thirty-five grams of cannabis were found at Taylor’s house. He was charged for the possession for which he pled guilty and was fined.
Source – Belize Lizard Live Media
David Taylor, 40, pleads guilty to indecent assault charges
The British man’s home was raided by police after a report was made about suspicious activities involving young boys
Today, David Taylor, 40, appeared in the Dangriga Magistrate’s Court, where two charges of aggravated assault of an indecent nature and one charge of committing an unnatural crime (buggery) were read to him.
Taylor, a British man who lives in Placencia, had his home raided by police after a report was made to them about suspicious activities involving children – male children.
The search resulted in police finding 500 pictures of 4 young boys (between 10 and 13 years) posing nude and involved in lewd acts with adult males.
Police also found 50 videos with the same repulsive acts being performed.
Yesterday, Taylor was detained, pending charges of indecent assault and having possession of pornographic material.
He was unrepresented when he appeared in court today.
Taylor pleaded guilty to the two charges of aggravated assault of an indecent nature. The magistrate, Ed Usher, asked him on more than one occasion if he was sure of his plea, to which he replied yes.
But Magistrate Usher, after learning that Taylor’s attorney could not be present for the proceeding, decided to enter an equivocal not guilty plea on his behalf.
When it came to the unnatural crime charge, no plea was taken from Taylor, as it was explained that this charge will be treated as an indictable matter, which will be heard in the Supreme Court.
When it came to the matter of bail, the prosecutor objected on the grounds of Taylor’s safety and the fact that being a British national posed a flight risk if given bail.
Magistrate Usher upheld the objections and remanded Taylor to the Hattieville Prison until his next court appearance on February 14, 2013.
Source – Amandala