Former foster carer convicted of child rape dies after just five days in prison

A former foster carer who was imprisoned for child sex offences has died after just five days in prison.

The death of Robert Taylor, 52, of Bowling Park Drive, West Bowling, Bradford, was announced on Monday, August 17, five days after he was admitted to Armley prison after pleading guilty to a string of child sex offences.

He was sentenced to 14 years and nine months imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to 17 offences, including sexual assault of a child under 13, rape of a child under 13 and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

The offences were committed between 2009 and 2018.

A West Yorkshire Police investigation was opened this year after he walked into Trafalgar House Police Station in Bradford and confessed to being “a paedophile and a sexual predator.”

In sentencing him on August 12, Judge Jonathan Rose labelled Taylor “a perverted sexual predator.”

“You are indeed a dangerous man. There’s a significant risk of serious physical or psychological harm by the commission by you of serious sexual offences in the future,” he said.

He labelled Taylor’s offending “heinous, wicked and evil.”

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A prison service spokesman told LeedsLive: “HMP Leeds prisoner Robert Taylor died on 17 August and the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has been informed.”

Bradford-based youth group Emerge has issued a statement following the news of his death.

Inspired by members' Christian faith, Emerge's youth workers deliver specific programmes in partnerships with churches, schools and others to boost the lives of at-risk children.

Emerge said: "The trustees and staff team of emerge have been accutely aware of the impact on many of the news report last week relating to Robert Taylor.

"While the police have established that Robert's offences did not relate to his role as a school chaplain or former youth worker, we want to reiterate our commitment to the safety and protection of children and young people in our community and are appalled by any harm to children.

"We also feel the shock and sense of broken trust the news has brought. It is with further regret that we learned that Rob died this weekend.

"We recognise that the nature of these events will impact our community very deeply. We offer our condolences to Robert's family and heartfelt sympathy to the victims and families involved in this matter.

"The emerge staff will continue to offer support to whomever needs to talk or process what has happened."

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