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Bail denied for minister charged in sexual abuse

CIRCUIT COURT -- A Baptist minister and registered sex offender was denied bail Wednesday after he allegedly sexually abused a 13-year-old boy whose homeless family he was counseling.

Prosecutors allege that Michael Taylor, 48, met the boy when he was working at the New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church in the Grand Crossing neighborhood, prosecutors said.

The family turned to Taylor in early October, said Marcy Jensen, a spokeswoman for the Cook County state's attorney's office. He helped the boy's mother and brother find shelter, but the 13-year-old moved in with Taylor at his home in the 1000 block of West 77th Street. Taylor was charged with criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual abuse, prosecutors said.

In 2000, Taylor pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a 17-year-old whom he was counseling at New Covenant.

Source: Chicago News


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