given continuance in appearance in town court
By Glenn Griffith
June 11, 2014
|Shown from left are attorney
Daniel Stewart and Rev. James Michael Taylor
Clifton Park >> A Catholic priest arrested in April
on one charge of endangering the welfare of a child appeared in
Clifton Park Town Court on Wednesday and had his case adjourned
Rev. James Michael Taylor, 30, walked into the
town’s Public Safety Building with head held high shortly
before the 4 p.m. start of court. He was accompanied by his
attorney, Daniel Stewart. Neither man commented on the case as
they entered the building.
After a request from a member of the Saratoga County
District Attorney’s Office, Taylor’s case was
continued until July 23.
An assistant district attorney, who said he was not in
charge of the case, told Town Judge James Hughes the continuance
was needed because more evidence is being processed.
As part of the 15-minute proceeding, Taylor was given and
signed a second temporary order of protection. It forbids him
from contacting the 15-year-old Clifton Park girl who made the
initial charges against him.
Taylor is an associate pastor at St. Kateri Tekakwitha
Parish in Niskayuna. He was arrested in April by the Saratoga
County Sheriff’s Department and charged on a misdemeanor
complaint for allegedly endangering the welfare of a child from
October 2013 to April 2014. At the time, he was a deacon and
youth minister at Corpus Christi Church in Round Lake.
Dressed in a patterned gray suit with a white shirt and
dark tie, Taylor said little to the judge other than to thank
him before turning to leave court. Neither he nor his attorney
made any comment as they left the building.
The complaint filed with the court by the sheriff’s
office April 22 alleges that Taylor knowingly acted in a manner
likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare
of a child less than 17 years old. The filing alleges Taylor, in
his role with the church, subjected the girl to sexual contact
as well as engaged in repeated courses of conduct involving
inappropriate text messages, pictures and phone calls. At the
time, the girl was said to be 15 years old.
According to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany Taylor
was placed on administrative leave by Bishop Edward B.
Scharfenberger shortly after learning of the allegations.
Diocese spokesman Ken Goldfarb said upon hearing them, the
diocese immediately contacted the Saratoga County
Taylor cannot present himself as a priest while on
Several members of Corpus Christi Church attended the
brief hearing in the town court. Most would not speak for
comment. One person was overheard saying Taylor looked as if he
had lost weight.
One parishioner who would speak was Clifton Park resident
“Justice will prevail in this case, and it always
should,” he said. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org