CEDAR CITY —Charges in a sexual assault case pending in the 5th District Court for Iron County against Daniel Sandberg Taylor, 43, of Cedar City, were dropped by the Iron County Attorney according to a motion to dismiss without prejudice filed on Friday. Taylor was facing six first-degree felonies for alleged sexual offenses against young girls that were residents at the Integrity House, a residential treatment facility for teenage girls, where he was serving as the executive director.
Taylor was charged on June 3 after a 10-day investigation was launched by the Cedar City Police into allegations of sexual offenses committed against some of the female residents at the Integrity House. As a result of the investigation, Taylor was charged with three counts of first-degree felony rape, three counts of first-degree felony aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a class-A misdemeanor for child abuse and a class-B misdemeanor for assault.
The proposed motion to dismiss all charges, signed by Chief Deputy Iron County Attorney Troy A. Little and filed with the court on Friday stated: “Several of the alleged victims in the case are unable and unwilling to participate in the prosecution due to sever psychiatric and emotional issues.”
The motion also stated:
Furthermore, it was discovered in the follow-up investigation that several of the alleged victims and witnesses in the case lied about the underlying charges. Based on the furtherance of justice the Iron County Attorney’s Office is dismissing all charges against Mr. Taylor.
On Tuesday Taylor’s criminal defense attorney Blaine Hofeling released the following statement to St. George News:
Mr. Daniel Taylor is gratified with the dismissal of all charges filed against him by the Iron County Attorney’s Office. Mr. Taylor has at all times maintained and continues to maintain his innocence. Mr. Taylor looks forward to trying to rebuild his life and wishes to express his gratitude to those who have continued to believe in his innocence and have provided invaluable support to him.
Dismissing the case without prejudice leaves open the possibility for the prosecutor to refile the charges in the future. According to Linda Hansen, a clerk for District Court Judge Keith Barnes, the proposed order of dismissal had not been signed by the judge as of 9 a.m. on Wednesday.
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