A Charlotte school employee has been fired on charges that he raped a 12-year-old girl on school property earlier this year.
Sugar Creek Charter School in-school suspension coordinator James Taylor, 38, was arrested on rape and other felony charges Tuesday.
A police report shows the crimes happened at the school located at 4101 North Tryon Street sometime over the last month and classified one of incidents as forcible fondling.
Taylor was fired on Tuesday, the school told WCNC-TV, and faces seven felony charges.
For the last three to four years Taylor served as the ISS coordinator and before that worked as a tutor and teacher's assistant beginning in 2001.
He is charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a student, two counts of indecent liberties with a child and two counts of child rape.
Taylor is due in court on Monday for his first appearance. He was placed behind bars on a $320,000 bond.
Reached Tuesday afternoon, the woman who first reported Taylor to police declined to comment on the case.
Taylor’s Facebook page lists him as a 2011 graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. He obtained a degree in elementary education, the Facebook page shows.
The page also lists Taylor as earning his associates degree from Colorado Technical University in 2011 and being a member of the University of Phoenix class of 2006.
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