Child molestation plea deal nets 15 years behind bars


Kelvin Sherod Taylor, charged with both child molestation and aggravated child molestation, had asked for a jury trial, and a jury trial was scheduled for this week.

In the last minute, however, Taylor called an audible and accepted a plea negotiation from the District Attorney's Office, and the 38-year-old man subsequently was sentenced to 15 years behind bars and 15 more on probation. Upon being released from prison, Taylor also must register as a Sex Offender.

On his arrest sheet, Taylor was listed with an address in the Valley Road/Valley Circle neighborhood, and his last known employer was listed as "Haband."

The incidents with the child took place between 2018 to 2020, according to Det. Michael Burrell, who oversaw the case for the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office.

As part of the plea deal, the District Attorney's Office "nolle prossed" or essentially dropped the two counts of "aggravated child molestation," and Taylor instead was sentenced on two counts of "child molestaton." 

Aggravated child molestioan, according to Georgia Code, is when"such person commits an offense of child molestation which act physically injures the child or involves an act of sodomy."

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