ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — A Maryland School for the Deaf official says a former aide charged with molesting seven students from 2008 to 2011 raised suspicion when supervisors learned he had sent text messages to some of the girls.

The evidence surfaced in June 2011, nearly 18 months before one of the girls told a staff member she had been molested by Clarence Taylor III.

The principal of the school’s Columbia campus testified Thursday at the trial in Ellicott City. She said the first texting episode prompted a written warning to Taylor not to text female students. Then another girl’s mother provided evidence of him texting her daughter, she said.

Prosecutors rested their case Thursday. Taylor must decide on Friday whether to testify.

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