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Pasco man arrested on sexual battery, child abuse charges

NEW PORT RICHEY — The woman awoke naked from a blackout. All around her were disturbing signs that she'd been sexually abused.

Pornographic movies, sex toys and, worst of all, photos of her being abused while unconscious.

When she confronted 29-year-old Jason Taylor, they began arguing, according to a New Port Richey police report.

Taylor struck her and tried to choke her, and when the woman's 6-year-old son tried to intervene, he knocked the child to the ground.

The woman tried to leave, loading her two 2-year-old daughters into a stroller. But Taylor turned it over, dumping the children on the ground, the report said. He also stopped the woman from calling 911 and destroyed her cell phone.

Then he left.

Police arrived soon after, about 7 a.m. Tuesday. They interviewed the woman, whose name and relationship to Taylor are being withheld because of the nature of the crime. Police say it was not a random act, that Taylor and the woman are well acquainted.

They are not saying where the attack took place.

Investigators spent the rest of the day seeking Taylor, who lives at 5608 LaSalle Court.

It turns out, he came to them.

Taylor returned home about 7 that evening, said Lt. Jeffrey Harrington.

"We had officers standing by," Harrington said.

Taylor was arrested on charges of sexual battery in which the victim is incapacitated, battery by strangulation, four counts of child abuse and tampering with a witness.

According to state records, he was arrested on accusations of sexual battery in 1997, but the charge was dropped. He faced a battery charge in 2006. That case was abandoned as well.

On Wednesday, he remained in the Land O'Lakes jail without bail.

The woman and her children are physically fine, Harrington said, but have been traumatized by the attack.

Molly Moorhead can be reached at moorhead@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6245.

Pasco man arrested on sexual battery, child abuse charges 10/22/08 [Last modified: Friday, October 24, 2008 12:06am]
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