UPDATE: Adam Taylor Found Guilty of Rape, Sexual Battery and Unlawful Sexual Conduct

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UPDATE: 3-5-15
Adam Taylor was found guilty of rape, sexual battery and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor stemming from March 2013 incidents.



UPDATE: 2-25-15

Day two of trial results in a continuance.

Defense Attorney Steve Stickles said a witness made two statements during the investigation, but one of the statements nobody knew about at all. The witness testified she had given more statements than they had in discovery.

Stickles said two officers investigated the case without reporting anything to Captain Sean Norman.

Stickles would like to make a motion for a mistrial, but is asking for a continuance due to failure by the Wells Township Police Department to categorize evidence and documents. He would like to subpoena all of the evidence, records and police officers at Wells Township PD.

Stickles asked for no less than a seven day continuance. He said the problem lies in the hands of the officers below Captain Norman, and that if he had this evidence it would have changed his theory, how he would have cross examined a witness and the way he handled the whole trial.

Assistant Prosecutor Jeff Bruzzese said he never knew about the statement. He also said Captain Norman didn’t know about another written statement either. 

The statement covers criminal conduct of the defendant. 

Bruzzese believes it is best to agree to a reasonable continuance.

Judge Michelle Miller said there was a communication breakdown between the two officers and Captain Norman. She granted a continuance. 

The trial will resume Thursday, March 5 at 9 a.m. The court also granted Stickles the ability to subpoena more witnesses.


ORIGINAL STORY: 

The trial of a Jefferson County man accused of attempting to rape a 14-year-old girl in March of last year began Tuesday in Steubenville.


Adam Taylor, 55, appeared in court along with his attorney as a jury was selected for his trail. Taylor has been indicted on numerous charges.

Prosecutor Jeff Bruzzese said Taylor sexually assaulted a teenage girl almost every night, from December 2013 to March 2014,  sneaking into her bedroom while she was asleep or under the influence of alcohol or marijuana given to her by Taylor.

“At first it started out as back rubs, but as time went on and times passes and she didn’t alert anyone that he was coming in her bedroom at night, it progressed and it became something much worse,” said Bruzzese.

The incident happened at a home in Wells Township back in March 2014. Authorities said someone walked in on Taylor and the victim before he could complete the act.

Taylor is being charged with sexual battery, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and rape for those incidents.

In his opening statement, Taylor’s attorney, Steve Stickles, asked the jury why it took nearly 90 days for anyone to take the victim to the hospital, to file charges or to investigate the alleged incidents.

Prosecutors for the State of Ohio said they will be calling the victim, juveniles and officers with the Wells Township Police Department to testify.

The trial is expected to last into Wednesday.  Stay with 7News for updates.

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