Security Guard Convicted of Sexual Assault Sentenced to House Arrest
A former security guard at Greater Johnstown Middle School who was convicted of sexually assaulting a student from the school was sentenced to three months of house arrest on December 7, according to the Cambria County clerk of courts.
30-year-old Zachary Taylor was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a then-13-year-old girl in September 2017. Taylor was a security guard at Greater Johnstown Middle School, contracted through Black Knight Security Agency. Authorities say that Taylor took the student on elevator rides, where the victim told police the two would kiss. Taylor also allegedly took her to a cemetery and sexually assaulted her after school one day.
Taylor pleaded no contest to charges of indecent assault to a person less than 16 years old and corruption of minors.
A 21-month probation period will run consecutively with Taylor’s house arrest period. He also must meet all conditions of Megan’s Law.
Legal Recourse For Victims of School Employee Sexual Abuse
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com helps survivors of sexual abuse find justice against their perpetrators and third parties who failed to prevent the abuse. We’ve asked him for some input into the legal options available to these survivors:
Sexual predators often hide in plain sight, in our schools, churches, youth sports leagues, and other community organizations. These predators often seek out positions of trust or authority where they’ll have the opportunity to exploit that trust and commit awful crimes. We often see this in cases of child sexual abuse involving teachers, coaches, and other school employees as the perpetrators. When this happens, it’s important to both prosecute the perpetrator and to determine if the school was at fault for failing to prevent the abuse.
There are many forms of school negligence that can enable sexual abuse to occur, such as:
- Inadequate employee training
- Inadequate supervision
- Failure to run a background check and hiring an employee with a history of sexual misconduct
- Failure to report suspected abuse to law enforcement in a timely manner
- Attempting to cover up crimes of sexual abuse
If you or your child has been sexually abused by a school employee, your family has options to fight for justice. Consider speaking to an experienced sexual abuse survivors attorney to learn more about your family’s legal rights.