October 5, 1995 in City

Tribe Expects To Bring More Molestation Charges Against Man

By The Spokesman-Review
 

A 52-year-old Ephrata, Wash., man faces six charges of first-degree child molestation and is suspected of more than 150 sex acts with several boys.

Michael D. Taylor is accused of molesting two boys, now ages 8 and 11, over the past three years at a cabin at Twin Lakes, near Inchelium on the Colville Indian Reservation.

Taylor has denied the charges and is free on $50,000 bail, pending trial Nov. 8.

Colville Confederated Tribes Police Chief Jay Goss said he anticipates bringing more charges against Taylor.

“We are investigating other cases that have occurred here within the boundaries of the Colville Reservation and I have no idea how many cases there are out there in Grant County or in Ephrata,” Goss said.

Taylor spends his summers at the lake in a cabin owned by relatives, but Goss said Taylor is not an Indian. Goss said his department’s investigation indicated Taylor may have come into contact with young people as a skating instructor in the Soap Lake area and as a swimming instructor in the Wenatchee area.

Spokesmen for the Grant and Chelan county sheriff’s department and the Ephrata Police Department said they have received no complaints against Taylor.

Ferry County Prosecutor Al Nielson said in a court document that Taylor lured the 11-year-old victim to the Twin Lakes cabin by letting the boy play video games there. The boy told authorities Taylor fondled him more than 50 times since summer 1992.

Nielson said the boy’s father reported his two older sons, ages 24 and 25, subsequently told him Taylor molested them more than 100 times from 1978 to 1984. The father told authorities he confronted Taylor, who admitted molesting children “hundreds of times.”

Taylor is charged with molesting the 11-year-old four times since summer 1992. He faces two counts of molesting the 8-year-old sometime last year and in August this year.

, DataTimes


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