Former teacher gets 20 years in child sex case

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FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A former Fayette County teacher serving 15 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography has been sentenced to additional time in state prison.

The Register-Herald reports ( ) that a judge on Monday sentenced Joshua Taylor to 10 to 20 years, to run consecutively with his federal sentence. Taylor, a former physical education teacher at Collins Middle School, previously pleaded guilty to sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person of trust.

The charges stemmed from Taylor's relationship with a 13-year-old student. Prosecutor Roger Lambert said Taylor manipulated the girl, then tried to cast her as the aggressor in the relationships.

Taylor apologized to his victim, but Circuit Judge Paul M. Blake Jr. dismissed the speech as manipulative and rejected a defense motion for probation and sex offender treatment.


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