Craig resident Grant Taylor was convicted of molesting a child, but will not serve a single day in prison. Taylor, 34, agreed to a plea bargain that sentences him only to probation. As a part of the agreement, he pleaded guilty to the lesser of the two charges that were filed against him.
Taylor accepted the deal Tuesday in District Court, pleading guilty to Sexual Assault on a Child, a Class 4 felony. The charge carries a possible sentence of up to 16 years in prison. On the recommendation of Deputy District Attorney David Waite, Taylor was sentenced by 14th Judicial District Court Judge Joel S. Thompson to 10 years probation. Taylor was fined $6,696.20 and must submit to a blood test for HIV as a precautionary measure because of the nature of the crime.
Taylor is currently serving a 27-month sentence in a federal penitentiary for receiving child pornography through the mail; for this charge Taylor was also ordered to pay a $6,000 fine.
The conditions of his probation will begin after he is released from federal prison.
Taylor will be under Sex Offender Intensive Supervision Probation (SOISP) for the duration of his probation. The probation sentence is for 10 years to life. After the first 10 years, a review hearing will be held to determine whether Taylor should be discharged from probation. If it is determined Taylor needs continued probation, he is financially responsible for the treatment; $4,200 of the $6,696.20 Taylor was assessed by the District Court will pay for the first 10 years of the SOISP.
As part of his probation, Taylor must register as a sex offender, submit to genetic marker testing, plus obey a host of restrictions forbidding any interaction with or even being in the same vicinity of anyone under 18, or places primarily used by those under 18. These restrictions could include Taylor's own children. That decision is under the discretion of his probation officer.
According to court documents, Waite agreed to dismiss a charge of Sexual Assault on a Child by One in a Position of Trust, a Class 3 felony, a charge that carries a possible sentence of up to 32 years.
In his motion to dismiss, Waite stated that the "defendant has plead to Count 2, therefore it would not be in the best social or economic interests of the public to prosecute him on other counts." Also that "the interests of justice would best be served by the dismissal as herein requested."