5:42 PM EDT, August 12, 2011
An Edinburgh pastor, who spent years working with children, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl.
Joseph Taylor, 65, worked as a church school teacher and pastor in Edinburgh before being arrested for child molesting.
"I never in my wildest dreams knew what was going on," said Shirley, the mother of the victim who asked that we not use her last name.
Shirley says her daughter went on to tell her that the repeated sexual encounters happened at the apartment where they lived, with a man they thought of as a grandfather and trusted as a pastor.
"She knew what he was doing was wrong, but she didn't know what he would do if she made him stop," Shirley said.
Shirley's daughter was just seven years old when she first met 65-year-old Joseph Taylor. He taught her in a Church School class at Who So Ever Will Community Church in Edinburgh. In the years that followed he asked her to help him clean apartments at the complex where she lived and he managed with his wife.
Joseph Taylor recently started his own church called Freedom in Christ Christian Church. The church recently closed, but Taylor was serving as pastor at the time that the alledged molesting began.
"It happened several times a week," said Edinburgh Deputy Police Chief David Lutz.
Detectives have collected evidence from one of several empty apartments where Taylor allegedly had sex with the girl during a four month period from November 2010 to March 2011.
Prior to his arrest, Taylor denied any kind of sexual relationship with the girl but police say the evidence says otherwise.
"She knows some things about his body below the belt that nobody should know," Lutz said.
"To be a pastor, a man of God, and try to teach her in the right ways and then go off in an empty apartment and rape her..." Shirley said before breaking down in tears.
Though those tears come much more easily than words for Shirley these days, she says she's speaking out to warn others.
"I want everybody to know," she said. "There may be other kids out there. He knew how to get her under his wing and make her believe in him."
Despite Joseph Taylor's work with children as a teacher and pastor, police say they do not know of any other potential victims.
Taylor is charged with child molesting. He has bonded out of jail but goes before a judge next Thursday.