Florida man films himself sexually abusing 9-year-old girl, uploads videos

A Florida man has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl and uploading videos to the Kik messenger app, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

John D. Taylor, 32, was arrested on Friday, the sheriff’s office said. He’s being held without bail on one count of sexual battery on a child, one count of lewd or lascivious molestation, and two counts of promoting a sexual performance of the child.

The sheriff’s office said it launched an investigation after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children early last month.

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According to the tip, Taylor uploaded six videos showing the abuse. When interviewed, he initially told detectives the videos had been sent to him, but he later admitted that he recorded himself abusing the little girl.

“Taylor is not a stranger to the 9-year-old victim,” the sheriff’s office said, “but the nature of his relationship to her is being withheld to protect her identity.”

While the investigation continues, detectives have so far not identified any other potential victims. More charges are possible, however, the sheriff’s office said.

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[Featured image: John Taylor/Volusia County Sheriff’s Office]