North County teacher sentenced to 50 years after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting 7-year-old student, conspiring to kill him

Published: Apr. 21, 2022 at 5:40 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 2, 2022 at 2:27 PM CDT
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) - A teacher will serve time in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a 7-year-old student.

Authorities say, Deonte Taylor, 39, committed three acts of statutory sodomy against a boy student in his office at Lusher Elementary School on November 13, 2015, and knowingly exposed the child to the risk of HIV. St. Louis County investigators found Taylor’s DNA on the boy and his underwear.

Court documents mention another case where Taylor was charged with conspiring with another man to kill the child victim and his mother. A witness told investigators Taylor offered John White $20,000 to kill them. He later pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit murder.

“At every stage of this case there were many individuals involved in bringing this case to justice and also keeping these victims safe - not only in our office and law enforcement, but also concerned citizens,” said St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell. “These were despicable acts committed against an innocent child who was placed in this predator’s care, followed by the cowardly and cruel effort to have the victim and his mother killed. Now that this predator stands convicted of all charges, I hope the victim and this family find closure and healing.”

Taylor was sentenced to 50 years in prison, according to officials. On the charges of conspiring to murder, he will serve five years on each of those two counts, with those sentences to run consecutive to each other and concurrent to the 50 years for the sex crimes.