A Missouri teacher is accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill a 10-year-old boy whom he allegedly molested at the age of 7. The teacher’s boyfriend allegedly helped in the murder plot.
Deonte Taylor, 36, and his boyfriend Michael Johnson, 66, both pleaded not guilty to multiple charges stemming from the bizarre incident in a St. Louis court on Wednesday, KSDK in St. Louis reports. Taylor has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and attempting to tamper with a victim in a felony prosecution, according to court documents obtained by Oxygen.com. Johnson has also been charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
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In 2015, Taylor was working as a teacher's aide at Lusher Elementary when he allegedly forced a 7-year-old student into oral sex, according to documents obtained by Oxygen.com. He was HIV-positive at the time.
Even though the victim reported the alleged incident right away, charges were not immediately filed and Taylor went on to obtain his teaching certification and work in a different school district as a teacher. Taylor was finally arrested in November 2018 after his DNA matched samples found on his former student’s underwear and body. Taylor was hit with a felony sodomy charge and an additional charge for exposing the boy to HIV.
After his November arrest, Taylor and his boyfriend allegedly then tried to have the boy and his family killed. In February, Taylor allegedly chatted with another inmate about the plans to kill the boy and Johnson allegedly agreed to pay him. The alleged hitman then turned into an informant for the police.
It’s not clear if the couple has a lawyer who can speak on their behalf at this time.
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