Police: Teacher Molested Boy, Then Hired Hitman to Kill Him

Newser - 04-22

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(Newser) – A Missouri teacher is accused of molesting a 7-year-old boy, then hiring a hitman to kill the child and his family as he was awaiting trial in the case. Deonte Taylor, who is 36 and HIV positive, allegedly took the boy out of class while he was working as a teacher's aide at an elementary school in 2015, KSDK reports. He wasn't arrested until November 2018, when his DNA allegedly matched samples taken from his former student. (In the intervening three years, he had gotten other teaching jobs since nothing showed up on his background check; he was a fifth-grade teacher at another school when he was arrested.) Months later, while jailed and awaiting trial, police say Taylor—in an attempt to keep the family from testifying against him—hired the hitman with the help of his boyfriend Michael Johnson, 66.