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Judge denies youthful offender status for Clifton Park teen accused of sex crimes

June 19, 2018 06:52 PM

A Clifton Park teen appeared before a judge Tuesday afternoon to learn his fate. Taylor Pierre is accused of several crimes - including trying to convince underage girls to send him explicit photos and videos on social media. 

The big question on Tuesday was would the judge grant Pierre youthful offender status. Had he done that, then Pierre would not have to register as a sex offender.

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His attorney argued that he was only 17 at the time and being labeled a sex offender will severely impact his abilities to become a good citizen as an adult.

One of the victim's fathers spoke, saying he fears Pierre is a predator. It seems the judge agreed.

Pierre first came on the public radar back in December of 2015 for threatening to bring a shotgun to his high school. He was 16 at the time and charged with making a terroristic threat. Then in August of 2017, he was arrested and charged in local court with raping an underage girl at his apartment and trying to get other young girls to send him sexually explicit photos on social media.

Pierre agreed to plead guilty to felony possession of sexual performance of a child, promoting sexual performance of a child and one count of sexual misconduct.

Most of the hearing and sentencing was off-limits to cameras until Judge Murphy ruled he is not eligible for youthful offender status.

The judge said he might have considered it if there was only one victim, but with four known, he sees a pattern of behavior. He said the public should be aware of what Pierre has done and his crimes deserve "public memorialization."

NewsChannel 13 learned Tuesday that Pierre fathered a child with one of the victims in this case, who was 14 years old.

He's been sentenced to 10 years' probation and has orders of protection to stay away from the victims. The judge did say Pierre can have the orders amended in Family Court when it comes to the baby and its mother.

They will be back in court again next month to determine the level of registry status.

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Jacquie Slater

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