Some charges against Md. deaf school aide dropped

ELLICOTT CITY — Prosecutors are dropping solicitation of child pornography charges against a former Maryland School for the Deaf dormitory aide charged with sexually abusing seven middle-school girls.

Prosecutors dropped the three charges against Clarence Taylor III on Friday morning saying they couldn’t be sure the alleged offenses happened in Howard County. Taylor’s defense begins its case Friday and Taylor says he will take the stand.

Prosecutors rested their case Thursday after the assistant superintendent testified that Taylor raised suspicion nearly 18 months before his arrest when supervisors learned he texted some of the girls.

The 38-year-old, married father is accused of touching girls’ buttocks or breasts at the school’s Columbia campus from 2008 to 2011.

Taylor has acknowledged touching some of the girls’ private parts accidentally in a crowded hallway.

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