0

Man, 44, arrested in child sex case
Suspect is member of the library board

LAWRENCEVILLE - A member of the Gwinnett County Public Library Board was arrested last week on felony child molestation charges involving two children, police records show.

Lawrenceville resident Harry Brett Taylor, 44, was appointed to the board by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners and began his term in January 2006, according to a county library spokeswoman. His term expires in December.

He faces four counts of child molestation and one count of sexual battery, Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said.

Taylor remained in the Gwinnett jail Monday without bond, jail records show.

Authorities began investigating Taylor following a July 14 complaint from the mother of a child who slept over at the Taylor residence, authorities said. There, police say, Taylor touched the boy's genital area and photographed him while he was drying off and undressing after exiting their swimming pool. Schiralli said the alleged incident occurred about two months ago.

The woman, who did not return a message for comment Monday, informed police that her child told her Taylor had the children wear only T-shirts to bed during a sleep over because "we all are the same," according to an incident report.

During the investigation, authorities learned Taylor had been molesting a family member for "an extended amount of time," Schiralli said.

Taylor's arrest warrant, signed Thursday, states those alleged acts occurred in February 2006 and in July. Taylor is accused of touching the child's private area and buttocks.

Taylor - a local Cub Scout leader, according to the incident report - is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

A phone message left at Taylor's residence was not returned Monday.

The library system was mum Monday about Taylor's future with the board. According to the library system's Web site, library administration receives its policy direction from the five-member board.

"The library was saddened by the news but will continue to provide services to the community without interruption as the legal process moves forward with this unfortunate turn of events," according to a statement issued to the Post. "As always, the library appreciates the support of our community."

Gwinnett County Commissioner Lorraine Green, who nominated Taylor, said she was unaware of Taylor's charges when reached by phone Monday afternoon. She said she nominated Taylor by way of community organization ties and was not a personal friend.