Priest, 30, arrested for endangering the welfare of a child

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Updated: 4/23 10:45 am

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. – Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo and Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy III say a Roman Catholic priest has been arrested.

Authorities say James Taylor, 30, has been charged with misdemeanor Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Taylor was arrested on Tuesday.

The Sheriff’s Office said that between October 2013 and April 2014, Taylor engaged in an ongoing course of inappropriate conduct with a 15-year-old Clifton Park female. Taylor, who is currently a priest for the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Schenectady, is accused of having physical contact, telephone calls, and text messages and photos with the teenager.

Taylor allegedly met the girl when he was serving as a Deacon and Youth Minister for the Corpus Christi Church in Clifton Park.

Taylor has been arraigned and released on his own recognizance to re-appear in the Town of Clifton Park Court at a later date.

An Order of protection has been issued, barring Taylor from having any contact with the victim, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation is ongoing.

The Sheriff and DA held a press conference Wednesday which began at10:30 a.m.


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DSDOConnor - 4/23/2014 12:10 PM
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And what exactly is criminal about physical contact (e.g. a hug), telephone calls, texts, and photos with a teenager? How about we all withhold judgment here until more information is known?
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