The Investigators: 19-year-old student still at school despite felony arrest

The Investigators: 19-year-old student still at school despite felony arrest
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

BRUSLY, LA (WAFB) - A 19-year-old who attends a GED program at a West Baton Rouge Parish high school is charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile after police say he had sex with a teenage girl from the school. Now, the girl's mother is demanding answers as the same 19-year-old is back in class.

Adrian Taylor, 19, is a GED student at Brusly High School, which offers the GED classes for people wishing to earn a high school diploma.

Police recently arrested Taylor for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl, who is a student at Brusly High.

"He's 19. He should not be allowed on campus to interact with any of the other kids and if he's in the GED program when it finishes at 11 a.m. That's when he should be made to leave campus," said the girl's mother.

The mother claimed Taylor took part in physical ed classes at the school which is how she said her daughter and Taylor got to know each other.

"The evening of October 16 to the morning of October 17 in the hours of 11:30 p.m. and 2 a.m., he made entry into the victim's home through her window and they had sexual intercourse," said Assistant Brusly Police Chief Tom Southon, who investigated the case.

Officials said the two had become friendly through texts and phone calls and a police report said the sex was mutually agreed upon.

"In his statement, he did say he advised her he was 16 at the beginning of the relationship and that he knew her to be underage," Southon said. "He stated he knew she was underage and he was warned by his father not to mess around with underage girls but he did so anyways."

The teen's mother said what makes a bad situation worse is that Taylor was allowed to return to school Monday with a deputy escorting him from the bus to class.

"He bonded out on Friday and Monday, he was allowed to return back to campus," the girl's mother said. "That infuriates me because he's 19 years old. My daughter belongs on that campus. She's trying to get an education. She's where she's supposed to be. He doesn't belong there."

The West Baton Rouge School Superintendent Wes Watts said state law prevents them from keeping any student from coming to school even if the student has been arrested, especially if that arrest is not on campus. He added if the student is convicted, things might change but for now, Taylor is legally allowed on campus.

Effective immediately, Watts said he has taken steps to make sure the 14-year-old girl and Taylor do not have any contact with each other on campus.

The superintendent said he is limited about what he can say about the case since the police investigation is ongoing.

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