Shelbina Man Faces Alleged Sex Crimes
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13Justin L. Taylor
Information submitted by Shelbina Police Department
A Shelbina man has been charged with two counts of alleged sex crimes against a minor. Justin Lee Taylor, 34, was taken into custody Thursday, February 2, 2023, by Shelbina Police Department.
According to information released by Shelbina Police Department, on February 2, officers investigated a reported sex crime against a minor child. During an investigation into the incident, Taylor was identified as a suspect.
Taylor was arrested for Statutory Rape in the 1st Degree-Person Less than 14 years of age, unclassified felony and for Sodomy in the 1st Degree-Person Less than 12 years of age, unclassified felony. Taylor was placed on a 24-hour hold at the Shelby County Jail for the aforementioned charges.
Information was submitted to the Shelby County Prosecutors Office. Taylor is being charged in case No. 22SB-CR00036 with Statutory Rape in the 1st Degree-Person Less than 14 years of age, unclassified felony and Sodomy in the 1st Degree-Person Less than 12 years of age, unclassified felony by Shelby County Prosecutor Jordan Force.
An arrest warrant was issued for Taylor by the Shelby County Associate Circuit Judge for the aforementioned formal charges.
Taylor was taken to the Shelby County Jail. He is being held on a $100,000.00 cash only bond.
According to Shelbina Chief Jeff Brown, the investigation continues, however to this point the SPD has been assisted in the investigation by the Shelby County Victim Advocate, Child Advocacy Center and the Missouri Children’s Division.
The above charges are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of these charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
Chief Brown wishes to thank his officers and assisting agencies for the quick resolution to this case, as it is of the utmost importance to protect the children of our community.
“I would also like to stress to our families, to always listen and pay attention to what our children may be telling us,” Chief Brown continued. “If you feel there is concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your local law enforcement agencies.