Former Ind. school counselor sentenced to 6 years home detention
On Tuesday, Marion Superior Court Judge Mark Stoner sentenced Shana Taylor to six years of home detention — which was the amount specified in her plea agreement.(IMPD)
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 12:42 PM
A former counselor in the Indianapolis Public Schools system was sentenced to six years of home detention after she confessed to sending explicit photos to two students.
As part of 38-year-old Shana Taylor’s plea agreement to three felony counts of dissemination of matter harmful to minors, she will not see prison time, according to the Indy Star.
Taylor will not have to register as a sex offender, but did agree to give up her teaching license.
In pleading guilty, Taylor admitted to sending photos of her uncovered genitals to two minors between Oct. 1, 2015 and Jan. 3, 2016, Indy Star notes.
Terms of the agreement indicate that the prosecutors will dismiss other charges, which include nine felony counts of child seduction and one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
In one instance, Taylor displayed sexual conduct toward a student in multiple locations, including at school, for five months in late 2015 and early 2016. At the time, the student was 16 and 17, according to the Marion County prosecutor’s office.
A Marion Superior Court judge sentenced Taylor on Tuesday.(Tom Grill/Getty Images)
Taylor was also linked to sexual misconduct with a second 16-year-old student.
Several school system officials reportedly knew about the allegations by Feb. 17, but did not inform the state’s Department of Child Services until Feb. 23. State law requires certain school officials to immediately report suspected child abuse to Child Services or law enforcement.
Two officials were fired and three others resigned once the case became known.
Jim Merritt, a Republican state senator, said that “this verdict flies in the face of efforts to keep predators out of our schools and sends a terrible message that you can harm our kids and avoid prison time.”
According to Indy Star, a spokeswoman for the Marion County prosecutor’s office, Peg McLeish, said, “...our office reached what we believe to be an appropriate outcome based on our experience and several factors...” (one of which is range of sentence for the case if it had gone to trial).Send a Letter to the Editor
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