Former Sandy Sunday School teacher, youth leader charged with sexually abusing children

Former Sandy Sunday School teacher, youth leader charged with sexually abusing children (PHOTO: MGN)

A Utah man is facing two counts of sexual abuse of a child, and two counts of sodomy upon a child for events which allegedly happened in the 1980s, according to new charging documents.

Now 70, Brent E. Taylor is accused of sexually abusing two children while he was in his 30's and was a church leader and the Executive Director of the Utah Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Court documents list Taylor's current address in Provo.

Taylor has not yet been arrested on these allegations, but he is facing a felony charge of forcible sodomy stemming from another case in the 4th District Court.

The alleged abuse happened in Sandy during the 1980's while two male victims were between 12 and 17-years-old.

The graphic charging documents, which you can read below, detail abuse against the two boys, one of whom first told police about the abuse in 2005.

That first victim says when he was between 11 and 12-years-old he began doing yard work and other tasks at Taylor's home, shortly after Taylor had moved across the street.

He eventually began working for Taylor at the Utah Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra before Taylor "introduced him to alcohol, tobacco and pornography," according to charging documents.

That's when the sexual abuse began. He was 13-years-old at the time.

That abuse included Taylor performing oral sex on the boy, and "coaching" the boy on how to perform oral sex on him. Multiple other incidents of sexual abuse happened for years.

The second victim was a childhood friend of the first victim, and met Taylor when he was 11-years-old.

The second victim says Taylor was his Sunday School teacher at an unspecified church, and he also assisted Taylor at The Utah Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra.

The second victim says Taylor began abusing him when he was 12-years-old and continued until Taylor moved, when he was 15-years-old.

The second victim told police about abuse similar to that described by the first victim, but stated that "he felt he and Taylor were in a relationship," according to charging documents.

Police detail the reasons why the charges are coming in 2018, 13 years after being first reported in 2005, and more than 30 years after the alleged incidents happened:

"The abuse occurred, in part, from late December 1984 through late December 1985. From 1983 to 1991, charges of Sodomy Upon a Child and Sexual Abuse of a Child had to commence within one year after the report of the offenses to law enforcement, so long as no more than eight years had elapsed since the commission of the offense. In 1991, the statute of limitations was amended allowing for charges to be commenced within four years after the report of the offense to a law enforcement agency."
"On May 5, 2008 the law was again amended allowing for charges to be commenced at any time. [The first victim] first reported this abuse to the police on September 9, 2005. So at that time, charges for the crimes of Sodomy Upon a Child and Sexual Abuse of a Child had to commence within four years after report to a law enforcement agency. Therefore, the statute of limitations was set to expire on September 9, 2009. However, on May 5, 2008, before that statute of limitations expired, the law was changed allowing charges for the crimes of Sodomy Upon a Child and Sexual Abuse of a Child to be commenced at any time."

We've posted the charging documents below (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT):


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