Area priest pleads guilty to inappropraite contact with minor

August 13, 2014

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CLIFTON PARK - A local priest has pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child after having inappropriate contact with a Saratoga County teen. Prosecutors say James Michael Taylor exchanged phone calls, text messages and pictures with a 15-year-old girl between October 2013 and April 2014. Taylor met the victim while serving as Deacon and Youth Minister for the Corpus Christi Church in Round Lake. The Albany Catholic Diocese says that Taylor will remain on leave, pending a review from Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany’s Sexual Misconduct Review Board. While that process is ongoing, a spokesperson from the Diocese tells CBS6, "While on administrative leave, he is not permitted to publicly present himself as a priest, celebrate the sacraments or wear clerical garb." While the plea deal means Taylor avoids jail time, the judge is requesting time to obtain a report from the probation department. Taylor's sentencing is scheduled for October 8.



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