Decision postponed again on child molest case |

Decision postponed again on child molest case

Any decision on whether a man accused of molesting three girls will be held to answer on the charges against him was postponed Thursday.

Nevada County Superior Court Judge Tom Anderson conducted a preliminary hearing into the evidence against Robert Lewis Taylor on Aug. 7, but took the matter under submission.

He was to issue a ruling in court Thursday, but told the alleged victims, and their families, he had not finished reading the hearing transcript.

He is set to issue that ruling at 9 a.m. Aug. 28.

Taylor, 49, has been charged with multiple counts of molesting three women, one of whom said she was 11 at the time — one count of continuous sexual abuse, four counts of lewd acts on a child, one count of dissuading a witness, one count of sexual battery by restraint and six counts of child molestation.

E.H., the first alleged victim to come forward, is deaf and developmentally disabled, according to court testimony. Taylor was her mother's boyfriend at the time of the alleged incidents. The girl, who now is 20, said the molestation started when she was 15 or 16, and had gone on until 2013.

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Taylor's niece, J.L., reported two incidents, one when she was 13 years old and one when she was about 15.

The third alleged victim, H.G., came forward in February of this year, and said her mother had dated Taylor for about two years.

H.G. reportedly told an investigator that Taylor had contacted her in February of this year and asked her to come over, which she did. Taylor told her that there was "bad blood" between him and E.H.'s mother and to ignore her if she tried to reach out to her.

In other court news:

The father of a 13-year-old girl who was reportedly molested by a 20-year-old Grass Valley man is "strongly opposed" to a proposed plea deal offered to the defendant.

Danial Burley was arrested in March and charged with two counts of lewd acts on a child and one count of oral copulation of a child younger than 14.

He has been offered a plea deal that would send him to prison for six years.

Burley would have to plead no contest to one count of lewd act on a child with a special allegation of great bodily injury due to pregnancy; his sentence would be six years in state prison, to be served with only 15 percent time credit for good behavior.

At Burley's last hearing, Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Ow said this would be considered a violent and strike felony. She also noted that if the case proceeds to a preliminary hearing, she would add more criminal charges.

That hearing was set to occur Thursday, but the hearing, or the change of plea, was postponed until Aug. 26 after the girl's father told Ow he would speak against the plea deal if it goes forward.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, e-mail or call 530-477-4229.

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