Vinton man faces 9 counts of rape, 3 counts sexual imposition


By Dean Wright - deanwright@civitasmedia.com



Vernon Taylor


GALLIPOLIS — A Vinton man pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Monday to nine first-degree felony charges of rape and three third-degree felonies of gross sexual imposition, in the Gallia County Court of Common Pleas.

Vernon Taylor, 33, is charged with the felony rapes and gross sexual imposition of two unnamed minors under the age of 13, according to Gallia Clerk of Court files.

According to Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is overseeing the investigation of the case. Taylor was reportedly arrested Friday. The rape crimes reportedly happened between March 8, 2015 and November 30, 2015 with sexual imposition charges posed for alleged incidents between February 20, 2015 and February 22, 2015.

The court set bond for Taylor at $500,000 with a 10 percent surety. As part of bond conditions, Taylor shall participate in mental health assessments, have no contact with females under the age of 18, nor individuals listed as the two unnamed minors, and attend all pretrial conferences.

A final pretrial for Taylor is scheduled May 22 at 10:30 a.m. before a jury trial is scheduled June 12 at 9 a.m.

An alleged offender must have engaged in sexual conduct with a victim for an offense to be considered rape. Gross sexual imposition is generally considered to be unwanted sexual touching.

Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.

Vernon Taylor
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By Dean Wright

deanwright@civitasmedia.com