A YOUTH sent a text message to the mother of an underage girl, admitting he had sex with her daughter and apologising for what happened, a court heard.
Shawn Taylor had intercourse with two girls, aged 13 and 14, after communicating with them on the social networking site, Facebook.
Taylor (18) admitted having sex with the children when interviewed by police, but claimed that with one of the girls it had happened “accidentally”.
The teenager pleaded guilty to two charges of having unlawful sexual intercourse with older children, when he appeared at the High Court in Edinburghon Thursday.
Taylor, of Meadow Crescent, Elgin, admitted repeatedly having sex with the 13-year-old girl between December, 2010, and April, 2011, at a house in a Ross-shire village.
He also admitted having intercourse with the other girl in September last year at another village in Ross-shire.
The court heard that the first offender is currently studying to gain experience as a farm worker.
Advocate depute Susanne Tanner said Taylor and the first girl began communicating via Facebook in 2010, before he travelled to Ross-shire to meet up with her.
She said that the first time they had sex the girl was aged 13 and he was 16.
Ms Tanner said: “The accused took off all his clothes and then undressed the complainer. They had sexual intercourse but did not use any form of contraception.”
Taylor had sex with the girl about four or five times, on the last occasion a week before her 14th birthday.
The girl later admitted to her mother that she had intercourse with Taylor. He was staying with a friend in the village at the time, and the mother went round to the house to speak to him but found he had “abruptly left”.
Taylor later became friends with the second girl on the social networking site. She made him aware that she was 14 years old.
He travelled north in September last year and set up a tent at a skate park, planning to stay with a friend and celebrate his 18th birthday.
The girl brought a present for him and joined him in the tent. He asked her if she wanted to have sex with him and she agreed, said the prosecutor.
Ms Tanner told the court: “The complainer has stressed that she was not put under any pressure by the accused. She was, however, only 14 years of age.”
She later disclosed to her mother that she had sex with Taylor.
“The accused sent a text message to her mother, apologising for what had happened. He admitted in the course of that message that he had had sexual intercourse with her daughter,” said the advocate depute.
It was later reported to the police, and Taylor was detained and interviewed. He claimed that he had sex with the first girl, who he believed to be 14, on one occasion and that it had happened “accidentally”.
He admitted he knew the age of the second girl and that he had intercourse with her in the tent.
Defence counsel Shahid Latif said a background report would be required on Taylor ahead of sentencing him.
The judge, Lord Turnbull, deferred sentence on Taylor, who was placed on the sex offenders’ register.