McKinney man gets life sentence for molesting step-daughter
Original Article by Staff at McKinney Courier-Gazette
A McKinney man has been sentenced to life in prison for continuous sexual abuse of his young step-daughter, announced Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis on Friday.
Timothy James Taylor, 34, originally from Colorado, moved to McKinney with the victim’s family in 2009 to work on an organic farm. He molested the victim multiple times between then and 2011, when she was ages 9 to 11, according to a district attorney’s office release.
The family of six lived in a dilapidated trailer without running water or electricity. Three of the four oldest children, including the victim, slept in a tent outdoors and had to bury their waste in the backyard because the home didn’t have a toilet, officials said.
Taylor, who shared a bed with the victim’s mother, would leave the room at night and lie down naked with the victim and molest her. The victim testified in court that the abuse continued on an almost nightly basis for the full two years they lived in McKinney, the release stated.
The victim’s aunt contacted police in 2012 after the victim told her about the abuse. The victim had told her mother and a family friend about the abuse, but neither reported it to the police, according to officials.
Jurors convicted Taylor on one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child and one count of indecency with a child by contact after less than an hour of deliberation. They sentenced him Friday.
Prosecutors Daniel Lewis and Claire Miranda prosecuted the case and were assisted by District Attorney Investigators Stephanie Strickland and Greg Bowers. The case was investigated by Allen Detectives P.D. Jackson and Michelle Peel. District Judge John R. Roach Jr. presided over the case.