Former Daycare Worker Pleads Guilty to Sex Abuse
A former Bristow daycare teacher has been sentenced to 41 years in prison after pleading guilty to numerous sex offenses related to the abuse of several children under his care at Minniefield Academy in Bristow.
28-year-old Taylor Keith Boykin was sentenced last Thursday after pleading guilty in October to multiple counts of object sexual penetration, aggravated sexual battery, indecent liberties by a custodian, and producing child pornography.
At his sentencing hearing, Judge Lon E. Farris sentenced Boykin to life in prison, with all but 41 years of the sentence suspended.
Boykin was arrested in April 2018 and confessed to sexually abusing several children at the Minniefield Academy, located at 10368 Bristow Center Drive. According to prosecutors, an investigation uncovered 15 victims. Most of the victims were 4 or 5 years old when the abuse occurred and several were abused multiple times.
According to police and prosecutors, most of the abuse happened at the daycare’s playground. Boykin would reach into a tunnel slide and touch children inappropriately, including pulling down their pants and underwear and taking photos with his smartwatch. Police found 120 sexually explicit images on his watch.
During the hearing, eight parents testified on how traumatizing the abuse has been for their children and their families.
Legal Recourse for Daycare Sexual Abuse Victims and Their Families
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com represents survivors of sexual abuse in civil lawsuits, helping them fight for the justice they deserve. We’ve asked Brian to share some thoughts on the legal options available to daycare abuse survivors and their families:
No parent should ever have to worry that their children are safe after they’re dropped off at daycare. These facilities have an obligation to place the safety of the children under their care above all else. The people who run daycares must be aware of the fact that sexual predators often seek out positions in workplaces that involve working with kids and must take appropriate action to keep children safe from these predators.
When a daycare employee abuses children under their watch, there are many concerns that need to be addressed. The abuser must be arrested and prosecuted, the victims and their families must get the support they need, and in some cases, the daycare must also be held accountable for failing to keep the children under their watch safe.
In some cases, daycare negligence is partially to blame for sexual abuse by employees. For example, a daycare could be considered negligent for failing to run a background check and hiring an employee with a history of sexual abuse.
If you or your child is a survivor of sexual abuse by a daycare employee, you can learn more about your family’s legal options for justice by speaking to an experienced sex abuse survivors lawyer.