COLUMBIA, Md. (CBSDC) – A school aide at a school for the deaf in Howard County was charged with inappropriately touching multiple students on Thursday.
Howard County police charged 37-year old Clarence Cepheus Taylor, of Windsor Mill, with three felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor for allegedly inappropriately touching three girls while they were students at the Maryland School for the Deaf in Columbia, from 2008 to 2010.
Police say they were informed by the three girls, now ages 15 and 16 and students at another school, that while they were overnight students at the Maryland School for the Deaf, Taylor – an evening-shift dorm aide at the time – touched them on multiple occasions.
One of the girls came forward to a teacher of the school about the crimes after learning she may not have been his only victim.
A subsequent investigation revealed there were at least two additional victims, and detectives are currently investigating the possibility that there may be others.
One of the girls reported that while she was an overnight student, Taylor would hug her and rub his hand across her breast in the dorm building hallways when she was as young as 12 and 13 years old.
Another victim described similar interactions with Taylor while she was an overnight student, saying he would walk up and brush her backside and breast with his hand. She went on to say this occurred repeatedly in a common area of the building, adding that he would also kiss her when she stood up after drinking from a water fountain. She was 10, 11 and 12 years old when the crimes occurred.
A third victim reported having the same inappropriate interactions with him when she was an overnight student at the school at age 13.
Police say Taylor, who is suspended from his current job as a daytime teacher’s aide at the same school, was placed under arrest at his home on Thursday.
The girls have not been identified due to their ages and the nature of the crimes.
Police urge any additional victims to come forward and contact them at (410) 313-3200.