Former Jagex employee Ian Taylor has been sentenced to almost two years in prison for sexually assaulting a minor.
The news was revealed by Cambridgeshire Police, who said that Taylor had been sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court on Wednesday, August 18th. The 53-year-old assaulted a girl under the age of 13 on December 21st, 2020. Taylor confessed to the crime in an interview.
Not only will he be spending 22 months in prison, but he is also being placed on the Sex Offenders Register and given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which will last for ten years.
Taylor was previously a senior audio designer at RuneScape maker Jagex, having worked at the company since 2002 as its first non-founding employee. He was dismissed from the firm back in March.
"Jagex expects the highest standards from its staff and we act decisively if those values that we hold dear are not reflected in the behaviour of employees," the RuneScape maker said in a statement.
"The person in question no longer works at Jagex, and was dismissed when the circumstances of the allegations came to light in March 2021.
"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."
Disclaimer: Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who has previously worked on projects with Jagex.