Tuesday, November 29, 2005


Ex-minister faces 4th sex-abuse count

Myrtle Beach, S.C. - A former Murrells Inlet minister already facing accusations of molesting children in Georgetown County was arrested Thursday in Williamsburg County and charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

Troy Taylor, 36, of Murrells Inlet, also faces a charge of second-degree criminal sexual misconduct with a minor and two counts of lewd act on a minor because of previous accusations.

He was released from the Williamsburg County jail Thursday on a $50,000 cash surety bond, a jail official said.

Taylor is being represented by lawyer Scott Joye, who has said Taylor is not guilty.

It is the fourth time since 2003 Taylor has been charged with molestation-related counts.

Taylor was charged last week because a man who was once part of a youth group at Low Country Community Church in Murrells Inlet said he was molested when he was 11.

The latest charge stems from allegations by the same man.

The man said Taylor, the former minister and youth leader at the church, molested him after a church field trip to Huntington Beach State Park in 1999.

The man is now 19 years old.

Taylor surrendered to the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office on Nov. 22 and was released from the Georgetown County jail on a $20,000 surety bond.

Taylor was taken to the Williamsburg County jail to face another charge on Thursday, jail officials said.

The man told police he was molested in Williamsburg County in 1998 when Taylor took the youth group on a camping trip to the Black River, near Andrews.

The incident took place after other campers were sleeping, the police report said.

It said Taylor put his hand over the boy's mouth and the boy was made to fondle Taylor, then have intercourse with him.

Taylor then warned the boy not to say anything about what happened, the report said.

In 2003, Taylor was charged with committing a lewd act on a minor for incidents that police reports said took place in 1988 and 1991. A trial date has not been set for those charges.

See also, the never-ending chronicle of church-related crime.

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