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Clarence Taylor charged with sexual abuse at Maryland School for the Deaf

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An aide at the Maryland School for the Deaf was arrested and charged Thursday with multiple counts of sexual abuse after being accused of touching three students between 2008 and 2010.

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Howard County Police say that Clarence Cepheus Taylor, a 37-year-old Windsor Mill, Md. resident, inappropriately touched three girls while working as an evening-shift dorm aide at the Columbia school for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Three students, who are now aged 15 and 16, have come forward with allegations of abuse, and investigators believe there may be more victims.

The first victim said that while she was an overnight student at the school, Taylor would engage in inappropriate behavior, including hugging her and rubbing his hands across her breasts. The alleged incidents happened when she was 12 and 13. Two other victims, one of whom says the alleged abuse began when she was just 10 years old, describe similar situations.

One victim alleges that Taylor would brush her backside and breasts with her hand repeatedly, and the other said that he once kissed her. All three of the victims have since transferred to other schools.

Taylor has been suspended from his current duties as a daytime teacher's aide at the school.

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