Taylor found guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child
Johnathan Taylor, 20, was found guilty Thursday in the 260th District Court on first degree felony charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child. A pre-sentence investigation report has been ordered by Judge Buddie Hahn. Taylor faces up to 99 years in prison. He has elected to be sentenced by the judge in September.
The allegations came after a 7-year-old boy accused him of sexually assaulting him in November 2011. Taylor, who was 19 at the time of the assault, along with a 12-year-old boy and the 7-year-old boy went to an abandoned house. During testimony, the 12-year-old boy told jurors he had witnessed the sexual assault. He said he then grabbed the younger boys wrist and pulled him away after he “hit” Taylor in the face.
Taylor who is mentally disabled and suffers from Cerebral Palsy, which causes him to shake uncontrollably, said on the witness stand this did not happen and if he had been struck his mother would have known about it. But, Taylor did testify he had been on several occasions been struck and pushed off his bicycle by the children in the neighborhood. Taylor’s younger brothers also testified rocks were thrown at him as well. However, the 12-year-old boy during his testimony denied taking part in the violence against Taylor although the 7-year-old boy said it happened frequently.
Taylor admitted on the stand he like to watch pornography with an older friend and on his phone, but said he did not let younger children see it. In addition, he told jurors he had sexual relations with a girl while at a hospital.
When asked about the sexual assault, Taylor replied,”I didn’t even touch him.”
A pediatrician testified the 7-year-old boy had his annual check-up four days after the incident. During the exam she discovered he had muloescum contagiousum, which later referred to as pox virus, extending from his anal area. The case was advanced enough where the young boy needed surgery to remove them. Within a few weeks, Taylor was also examined but according to court testimony did not have any genital warts present.
A Sexual Assault Examination Nurse, Brenda Garrison testified the virus most likely transmitted sexually, but not usually in children. Instead it may be transmitted through items such as towels.