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Evidence scant in deaf school aide's abuse trial

Tuesday - 10/29/2013, 3:00pm  ET

DAVID DISHNEAU
Associated Press

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) -- Lawyers say the sex-abuse trial of a former Maryland School for the Deaf dormitory aide comes down to his word against the victims' accusations.

Assistant Howard County State's Attorney JoAnna Miller said in her opening statement Tuesday in Ellicott City that the case against 38-year-old Clarence Taylor III depends mainly on statements made by the seven alleged victims and the defendant.

There's no video of Taylor hugging, kissing or fondling the girls. And Miller says police couldn't retrieve text messages in which Taylor allegedly asked three of the girls for nude photos.

Defense attorney Brandon Mead says Taylor is a loving husband and father who would never touch a girl inappropriately.

Mead says the alleged molestation was merely accidental contact or innocent touching meant to aid communication among non-hearing people.


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