Former school employee convicted of sexual assault gets 3 months house arrest


    Former school employee convicted of sexual assault gets 3 months house arrest. (Photo: Cambria County Prison)

    A former Greater Johnstown Middle School security guard convicted of sexually assaulting a teen girl was sentenced Thursday to three months of house arrest, according to the Cambria County clerk of courts.

    Zachary Taylor, 30, was arrested and charged with assaulting a then-13-year-old girl in 2017. According to the county clerk, Taylor pleaded no-contest to charges of indecent assault to a person less than 16 years old and corruption of minors.

    According to the Greater Johnstown School District, Taylor was contracted as a security guard through third-party security provider Black Knight Security Agency.

    A criminal complaint said Taylor would take the student for elevator rides, where the victim said the two would kiss. Surveillance video shows the security guard and the girl walking down the school hallways together alone, according to the complaint.

    The victim claimed the two would also talk on social media, through Facebook and Snapchat, even sending nude pictures to each other, the compliant said.

    According to the county clerk, part of Taylor's sentencing conditions include staying off social media, unless it is for employment purposes. Taylor is also banned from working or caring for minors, as well as contacting the victim and her family.

    The clerk said a 21-month probation will run consecutively with Taylor's house arrest. He must also adhere to all conditions of Megan's Law.

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