OK I think I managed to follow all the twists and turns in this Palm Beach Post news item, but I’m not sure.
Some guy by the name of Brian Joseph Taylor was the basketball coach for the girls team at Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton, Florida. He’s alleged to have had a two year affair with at least one of the female players on his team:
The alleged victim told Boca Raton police detectives she and Taylor had begun a sexual affair in 2002, when she was a 16-year-old junior and a member of the girls varsity basketball team, coached by Taylor, who was then 24. The two continued to have sexual relations until she graduated in 2004, she said. She told police she was a willing participant.
Now the way this affair came to light was because the girl ended up confiding in the assistant coach of the girl’s basketball team who eventually got around to telling the former spiritual director of the school a year after she confided to him, in part because she made him promise not to tell the authorities. That same assistant coach ends up dating the victim after she graduates from high school. Meanwhile there may have been other girls involved with Taylor as well, but they’re not talking to police:
Hess immediately e-mailed his regional superior and reported what the assistant coach told him about Taylor, including names of two other Pope John Paul II girls basketball team members who were allegedly sexually involved with Taylor. Boca Raton police records also state that two other female students allegedly were involved with Taylor, but they refused to return police phone calls.
Eventually the police get involved and after some bit of time manage to get the girl to divulge exactly what had taken place between herself and Taylor:
Taylor and the alleged victim began by talking via the Internet and text messages, but Taylor soon began to bring up sexual topics, she told police.
On a visit to Taylor’s office at the school, he asked her to show him her breasts. He talked to her about oral sex and told her that they could not have sexual intercourse because she was underage.
They met in the parking lot of a nursing home on Yamato Road, parked nearby and performed sexual acts in his car.
Their sexual encounters occurred three or four times a month, on and off campus, until she graduated in 2004, she told police.
Asked whether she wished to press charges, she said she was unsure, according to the police report.
As if all of that wasn’t enough, Taylor’s own brother told the assistant coach the names of two other girls he suspected Taylor was sexually involved with:
At the beginning of the 2003-2004 school year, Taylor’s brother Bobby told the assistant coach the names of two players that Brian Taylor allegedly was involved with. The assistant coach was skeptical until January 2004, when he saw one of the girls sitting on a couch at Brian Taylor’s home. The assistant coach later saw the same girl in Taylor’s car at a social event.
He also saw the alleged victim leaving Taylor’s office in tears during the 2003-2004 basketball season, but she would not tell him why. At the time, he decided she was suffering from nerves brought on by the tense season. Only at the end of the school year, when she confessed to him, did the assistant coach put all those events together. He said he blames himself for not paying attention to the early clues he had.
As of this point in time Taylor has resigned from his coaching position at the school as has the assistant coach, but no one is facing any criminal charges. The school, being a good Catholic school, has claimed it did everything it could about the matter:
A spokeswoman for the Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach wrote in a statement issued early in May: “At all times the administration of Pope John Paul II followed Diocesan policy of ‘Protecting God’s Children’ with regard to the allegations made against Brian Taylor.”
Apparently “protecting God’s children” means the coach only gets to sleep with 3 or 4 of them before he resigns. We’ve seen how well the Catholic church handles pedophile priests so I suppose it shouldn’t be a big surprise to see how well they handled Coach Taylor.