Former RuneScape composer sentenced to 22 months in prison for sexual assault

    
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Ian Taylor, the former composer for both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, has admitted to the sexual assault of a young girl and has been sentenced to prison for 22 months for the crime. The assault apparently took place in December but wasn’t reported to family and police until early 2021; according to Taylor’s confession, he attributed his actions to depression and inebriation. Taylor was formally sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court, UK, this past Wednesday, and has also been placed on the country’s Sex Offenders Register for 10 years as well as handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) for the same time frame in order to keep him monitored.

A statement from a Jagex spokesperson said that Taylor was fired from his job in March 2021 when the allegations came to light. “Jagex expects the highest standards from its staff and we act decisively if those values that we hold dear are not reflected in the behavior of employees,” said the spokesperson. “We have conducted an internal review of the employee’s interactions with staff and any players he may have come into contact with during his time at Jagex. We have found no evidence that might prompt further investigation at this time.”

The updates for both OSRS and RuneScape press on, with the former talking up the return of Deadman: Reborn and the latter providing an explanation on how changes to action bars work with custom interface layouts.

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SmiteDoctor

Hired by Blizzard in 3 . . . 2 . . . 1

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IronSalamander8 .

All these posts of criminal behavior all over the industry is so awful. Why is it so hard for these people to at least try to be civil and keep their pants on and their hands to themselves? If it’s not sexual harassment and/or assault it’s economic malfeasance, or even as the Roblox article points out; exploiting children.

Can we please have some game dev news where a dev saves a kitten from a flood or something?

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Bree Royce

Not gonna lie, I sometimes go through our warm fuzzies and uplifting tags after we publishes pieces like these, just to remind myself it’s not all bad.

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Ernost

IKR, each time time I think they cannot get worse they end up proving me wrong.

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Sarah Cushaway

Gaming has always been a boy’s club. Now that it’s changing, a lot of male gamers are angry and a lot of male devs are about to be found out for the crimes they’ve committed for years.

The whole industry needs fresh blood and a huge culture shift.

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IronSalamander8 .

It has for sure, but as a Gen Xer guy myself, my group started off solely male back in grade school in the 80s but over the years it’s opened up, and I avoid anything that would obviously be racist, harassing, and so on. It’s not that hard to not be an a complete *** to people that share the same hobby and interests and at work! But apparently I’m not the norm among older guys that like to play games.

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somber_bliss

Can we move away from calling it boys club and generalizing every male with these acts? I’m a male and respect women and think we should find those responsible and get justice but saying a lot of male gamers are angry is a blanket statement just because the vocal minority is screaming in rage isn’t helping the issue at all.

It’s akin to saying everyone of an ethnicity is a terrorist just because some group up and do bad stuff. Let’s work together to make the culture change and stop trying to exclude male voices in something that, frankly, needs everyone to work together to get rid of.

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Bruno Brito

Can we move away from calling it boys club and generalizing every male with these acts? I’m a male and respect women and think we should find those responsible and get justice but saying a lot of male gamers are angry is a blanket statement just because the vocal minority is screaming in rage isn’t helping the issue at all.

I’m being blunt here: If your issue with the criticism is not the content but the generalization, then you are part of the problem.

It’s akin to saying everyone of an ethnicity is a terrorist just because some group up and do bad stuff. Let’s work together to make the culture change and stop trying to exclude male voices in something that, frankly, needs everyone to work together to get rid of.

No. It’s not. And it’s extremely dishonest to compare both. White people don’t suffer nearly as much as any other ethnicity in this world, and yet they’re able and capable of being worse. What you’re seeing at Blizzard is pure evil, and if you feel offended by women and minorities fearing for their lives and being generalists, then i recommend you both start being pissed at the men who made them distrust you, AND take a good look at yourself.

This is like looking at a war veteran and telling them to not be PTSD. That’s not how it works.

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Bruno Brito

I’m rarely someone to ask for bigger prison sentences ( the potential to be shived at the Rikers shower is enough for anyone to realize they’re in one of the circles of hell and it’s punishment enough ), but one year and ten months for sexual abuse seems extremely short. I wonder what are the minutia of the case that made the judge have leniency on the time.

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Stefan

Well it depends what was the maximum he could have gotten, sexual assault is a broad term and it is a rather ”recent” crime, some parts of the world it is still not considered an actual crime and if it, it is not the victim that was harmed but here family.
Even in the West the punishment for even rape are in comparison to the crime rather mild and we do not know if we are even talking about rape here.

the article states ”after admitting to drunkenly assaulting a girl under the age of 13 last December.” Not sure what falls under assault as i am not a lawyer.

In any case while his restriction of freedom in the form of a cell might be less than two years, the punishment that comes in other forms like losing ones career and he is on a watch list while also being publicly outed as a sex offender, depending how good the UK keeps track of their offenders with frequent check ins.

Is all of that enough? I guess for the victim i hardly ever is sadly, hopefully it is enough to prevent him from doing it again.

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Sarah Cushaway

Pedos that harm children deserve a little more than 2 years in a cell.

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somber_bliss

Forced castration and lifelong monitoring would be a good start.

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Stefan

Hmm not sure what happened to my previous reply,

In short crimes of this nature are rather -recent- at least from the perspective that the victim was harmed, therefor in the west the crimes do not have a high maximum, however i cannot comment on what the maximums are for the UK.

The judge may or may not have been limited in his rule due to that.
We are speaking of a 13 year old that got assaulted so even while us not knowing the nature of the assault fully, i doubt the Judge suddenly felt very forgiving.

While the punishment of jail time is low there are other things added to it, could be that the justice system in the UK feels they have a good enough framework to prevent such individuals of commenting more crimes of this nature through their monitoring system. He is also now publicly know and so where ever he does end up living or trying to work this will for at least 10 years keep his direct environment aware of him.

Is enough? For the victim it hardly ever is, hopefully what was decided in court is enough to prevent anyone else from falling victim.

edit: oh look there was my reply >.<

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notReginald VelJohnson

I don’t know about the UK but in Canada, sentences like this (e.g. two years less a day) are the result of plea deals that keep the convicted offender out of federal prison. My father spent some time in federal prison and was incarcerated during a riot, and let me tell you, federal inmates are not kind to sex offenders when they have the opportunity to harm them.

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Stefan

Some good information on there and also important to note,

”The imposition of a SHPO will show up on a PNC check. It will remain on there indefinitely” So it is not something that will ever expire from your criminal record and that is good.

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Bruno Brito

Yeah i had forgotten about the register. This shit will follow him for the rest of his life. Still, i found a bit short, but doesn’t mean i’m asking for blood or anything. Just questioning the time.

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Utakata

The sentencing length seems a bit deceptive really. As 10 years he’ll have to explain why is on that registry.

And then there’s SHPO business, which sounds like a form of probation that’ll last for the ages. Sitting on a bus with children could end him back in jail in an instance if someone wanted to make his day bad from the looks of it. It’s big effing penance he’ll likely carry to his grave, where prison doesn’t mean just doing time behind bars…

…assuming is this is all effective though, it’s the bed he chose to make. He’ll have to learn to sleep in that.

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Bruno Brito

Which is why i never cared for longer sentences in the first place. I’m way more inclined for shorter sentences for poor and non-violent people. Prison is dangerous and scarring enough as it is.