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Cd'A teacher charged with sexual abuse

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Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - A 32-year-old science teacher at Venture High School could face up to life in prison if found guilty of sexual abuse charges filed Monday in Kootenai County.

At his first appearance in district court on Tuesday, Daniel Taylor was told by Judge James Stow that he is being charged with two counts of lewd conduct with a child under the age of 16 and one count of rape.

Sgt. Christie Wood of the Coeur d'Alene Police Department said the agency learned of the allegations against Taylor last week. Wood added that the alleged victim was 5 years old at the time of the first incident and will soon turn 7.

Taylor waived his right to have the specifics of the charges read in court and told Stow he would be hiring an attorney.

The Kootenai County Prosecutor's Office recommended a $150,000 bond for Taylor, citing a 2010 conviction for violation of a child protective order in Colorado.

Stow set Taylor's bail at $50,000 under the stipulation that Taylor first sign a no-contact order barring him from contacting his three children.

Taylor has worked at Venture High School, an alternative school formerly known as Project CDA, since 2011.

In a written statement, Coeur d'Alene School District representatives said Taylor has been placed on administrative leave, and they are working closely with the police investigators.

"The police department confirmed that the allegations and charges do not involve any of Mr. Taylor's students at Venture High School, nor did any of the alleged events occur on school property," the statement reads.

Additionally, the statement said the school district has a "strong support system" of school counselors and administrators who are available to "provide support" to any staff member or student.

"The school district's primary focus is to ensure that the day-to-day business of educating our students continues with minimal disruption, while respecting Mr. Taylor's privacy as he manages a personal matter that has become very public," the statement reads.

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  • haydentaxpayer posted at 10:09 am on Fri, Dec 27, 2013.

    haydentaxpayer Posts: 18

    Personal matter? I think public school teachers being accused of raping school aged children should probably be in the public's radar. Especially when the accused rapist has admitted to it.

  • hayden_guy posted at 10:15 am on Wed, Dec 18, 2013.

    hayden_guy Posts: 400

    If the district hired him knowing (or not knowing) that he had a record, that is on the district, NOT on the union.
    Is he a union member? I have no idea. If he is not, then all this union talk is not even needed.

    If he is, since this is not a school issue, not sure that the union will even get involved. At all.

    News reports state that he is on administrative leave with the district. Is this PAID administrative leave, or just leave? I agree that he should not automatically lose his job based on allegations, since they have not been proven in a court of law. Time will tell on this.

    It amazes me that here is someone accused of one of the most despicable things on the face of the earth, and people are turning this into a union vs. anti-union issue. There have been zero reports about the union in the news for this issue. IF the union does get involved, from what I have read and talked to union members- they will not 'protect' him, but they will fight for the process... make sure that railroading does not happen, the process that any member is entitled to.

  • milburnschmidt posted at 8:52 am on Wed, Dec 18, 2013.

    milburnschmidt Posts: 1160

    The article implies his encounters with the law did not include school children. The comment about the unions in general has merit.One case in the news now in Michigan is a teachers union suing to get a $10,000 severance pay for a teacher found guilty of raping a male student. There are many other cases of unions going further than common sense would demand to protect or rehire bad teachers. Whether CDA is guilty of that could be a matter of perception. Today is correct since to many privacy laws designed to protect politicians and public officials allow folks to resign quietly while resigning their offices and jobs after pleading guilty or in lieu of facing charges keeping their employment records clean. Lately federal guidelines have been bent to allow criminals,drug dealers or incompetent applicants to gain employment where before they would not have been considered. Privacy laws protect the guilty and imcompetent and that's the way it is.

  • oscar posted at 7:30 am on Wed, Dec 18, 2013.

    oscar Posts: 1704

    Your comment shows that you are apparently ignorant and possibly a fool if you believe anything like that. Maybe before you comment you should educate yourself about the CDA Education Association. People like you who spread your ignorance and gossip are disgusting. A union has no part in hiring an employee but I guess lacking knowledge didn't matter to you.

  • denofrage posted at 6:32 am on Wed, Dec 18, 2013.

    denofrage Posts: 155

    I'm sure his Union said he was a nice guy and just made a mistake. That seems to fly in other school districts. Why not here...

  • today posted at 5:16 am on Wed, Dec 18, 2013.

    today Posts: 43

    Apparently background checks for teachers are mostly worthless. Or, SD271 hired this guy anyway. With the large pool of eager, qualified, and unblemished applicants - Why?

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