Daniel Taylor

DANIEL TAYLOR

A Tussey Mountain assistant baseball coach has been charged with having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student after police found photos of him and the girl in her locker, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday.

Daniel J. Taylor, 23, of Broad Top City, is charged with three counts each of statutory sexual assault, institutional sexual assault and corruption of minors — all felonies. He also was charged with three misdemeanor counts of indecent assault.

State police on Monday received a report indicating a possible sexual relationship between a juvenile girl and Taylor, who is an assistant baseball coach at Tussey Mountain Middle/High School. Police said the girl is a student in the district.

State police Trooper Patrick Kelly responded to the school Tuesday and spoke with the middle school principal, who directed him to the girl’s locker, according to the criminal complaint. Two photographs of Taylor and the girl were found in the locker, including one that showed Taylor kissing the girl.

Taylor admitted to police that he had “fallen” for the girl, documents said. Police said Taylor was read his Miranda warnings and agreed to keep speaking to investigators.

Taylor told police he began talking to the girl at a basketball game and the two then started talking on Snapchat, documents said.

Police said the alleged sexual assaults happened in multiple locations in Coaldale Borough and Broad Top Township.

Taylor was arraigned before District Judge Kathy Calhoun Tuesday evening and released on $75,000 unsecured bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 19.

Taylor was hired as an assistant baseball coach in February 2019 at a stipend of $2,500. He was a volunteer coach prior to that.

Superintendent Dr. Jerry Shoemake said the school district is aware of the charges but declined to comment further.

“We’re aware of the investigation,” he said. “As it is an ongoing investigation, I don’t feel it would be appropriate to comment at this time.”

Contact Will DeShong at wdeshong@bedfordgazette.com; 623-1151, ext. 150.

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