Local Educator Accused of Raping 12-Year-Old at School
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 38-year-old James Taylor, a well liked staff member at Sugar Creek Charter School in north Charlotte, is now charged with seven felonies including two for rape of a child.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police report indicates the victim is a 12-year-old girl and that the incidents, which took place over the last 30 days, happened on school grounds. We contacted the woman who reported the alleged crime to police but she declined to comment. We do know she is not related to the victim.
A Sugar Creek Charter parent who was picking up her child Wednesday didn't know Taylor had been arrested. She says, "For the most part, he's very friendly and I mean, I talk to him all the time. I don't really feel safe anymore."
Taylor's most recent role at the school was as the In-School Suspension Coordinator. The husband and father has also been a coach for different sports teams, a tutor and a teacher's assistant.
Melissa Mork has known Taylor for nearly ten years. She says, "I hope the real story comes out because whatever is out there right now is not true. It can't be. That girl woulda been the same age as his twins. That makes no sense."
Mork's children attended Sugar Creek Charter, one even saying, "He (Taylor) was like another dad." Mork calls Taylor is a gifted educator. "I'm glad my kids had him as a teacher. I'm glad I knew him as a friend. I'm glad I know him as a friend. He's a great father, a great teacher and a great man."
Taylor remains behind bars on $370,000 bond. Sugar Creek Charter is cooperating with police and offering counseling to students and staff.