Friday, April 19, 2019

Teacher charged with hiring hitman to kill student after molestation

Deonte Taylor, 36, who is HIV positive, is accused of taking a student out of class and molesting him. Three years later, police said the teacher tried to hire a hit man to kill the child and his family. Taylor and his accomplice/boyfriend Michael Johnson, 66, have pleaded not guilty to a multitude of charges.

Police said while Taylor was working as a teachers aide at Lusher Elementary in 2015, he molested a 7-year-old student. Charges weren't filed immediately and Taylor went on to get other teaching jobs.

Taylor was arrested in November 2018 after his DNA was found to be a match to samples found on his former student.
Months later, while behind bars awaiting trial, police said Taylor and Johnson tried to hire a hitman to kill the child and his family.

Taylor was still being paid by the Ferguson-Florissant School District. Taylor is facing felony sodomy charges, while he and his boyfriend face conspiracy to commit murder and witness tampering charges.