Mwon Taylor, a social studies and religion teacher at Miami Union Academy in North Miami, Florida, has been arrested for several counts of lewd and lascivious molestation on a minor less than 16 years old and sexual battery on a minor over 12 years old. Taylor, 39, is being held without bond after refusing to attend a bond hearing on Thursday. He is expected to have his first-appearance court session today. News sources did not specify if Taylor has acquired legal representation.
According to the police report, a Miami Union Academy student came forward with her mother last week to report that Taylor inappropriately touched her when she was 14 years old in the 8th grade. She reportedly said it all began when Taylor started taking pictures of her feet. The victim reportedly had 20 different encounters with Taylor that continued until she was in the 9th grade. Taylor allegedly grabbed her and rubbed his hands on her groin and backside on 15 different occasions between classes and after school.
Five of the 20 reported incidents were more sexually explicit, sources say. Taylor purportedly performed oral sex on the victim and forced her to perform oral sex on him. These encounters occurred in a number of different places, including a Greyhound bus station, the outside of Taylor’s apartment, and sometimes even inside a classroom. The police report states that the student consented to the sexual activities, but that the consent was negated due to the student’s age.
The alleged encounters took place between 2011 and 2012. Natalie Buissereth, a spokeswoman for North Miami Police Department, said a lot of students have come and gone in the four years since the victim’s last encounter with Taylor. She asked anyone with information about the case or any other victims to contact authorities.