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Crime

March 29, 2013

Richmond man pleads to reduced sex-crime charges

RICHMOND — A man who faced a maximum of 45 years in prison pleaded guilty to amended sex-abuse charges Thursday in Madison Circuit Court.

Keith Allen Taylor, 48, pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree sexual abuse, and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith recommended maximum sentences of five years on each charge.

Smith also recommended the sentences all be served concurrently, meaning Taylor’s maximum stay in prison would be five years.

He would not be eligible for parole until serving 85 percent of his sentence.

Taylor was arrested in July after a teenage victim under the age of 16 told police Taylor had “unwanted and improper sexual contact with her on this date (July 23) and two occasions in 2011,” according to a Richmond police report.

A Madison grand jury indicted Taylor on two counts of first-degree sodomy and one count of first-degree sexual abuse.

As part of his plea deal, Taylor will be required to submit his residence information to the sex offenders registry for 20 years after he is released from prison. He also will be subjected to a five-year period of conditional release.

Taylor is scheduled for sentencing at 1:30 p.m. June 6. He currently is free on bond.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.

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