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North Miami teacher accused of molesting student faces judge

Mwon Vernard Taylor, 39, ordered to be jailed in lieu of $10,000 bond

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MIAMI – A South Florida private school teacher accused of molesting a student appeared in court Friday in hopes of getting the chance to bail out of jail.

Because Mwon Taylor, 39, works for a private school, the charges against him are not non-bondable offenses as they would be if he were a public school teacher who works for the government.

Because of that, a Miami-Dade County judge granted Taylor a $10,000 bond.

If he posts bail, Taylor will be placed on house arrest and outfitted with a GPS monitor. He is also ordered to not have contact with the victim and not have contact with any minors.

According to a North Miami police report, the victim and her mother went to the police station June 17 after the daughter told her mother about the incidents.

Police said the girl claimed that Taylor, who was her former eighth- and ninth-grade Bible and science teacher at Miami Union Academy, acted inappropriately with her on several occasions before she began engaging in sex acts with him.

Detectives said the incidents were consensual in nature and that they happened between Aug. 1, 2011, and June 1, 2012.

According to the report, the victim claimed that Taylor exhibited strange behavior, including taking photographs of her feet.

She said there were about 20 inappropriate incidents, and about five involved sexual contact.

Detectives said the student performed oral sex on Taylor multiple times while she was a student, both in the classroom after school and in his car when he drove her home from school.

Police said Taylor also touched the girl's bare breasts and rubbed her genitals over her clothing.

Taylor was arrested Wednesday on charges of sexual battery on a minor and lewd and lascivious molestation on a child between the ages of 12 and 16.


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