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Police: Roman Catholic Priest arrested in Saratoga Co.
SARATOGA COUNTY -- The Saratoga County Sheriff's Office says they have arrested a Roman Catholic Priest serving in Saratoga County.
Father James Michael Taylor was arrested on Tuesday for endangering the welfare of a child. Authorities say between October 2013 and April 2014, Taylor engaged in an ongoing course of inappropriate conduct with a 15-year-old Clifton Park girl involving physical contact, telephone calls, text messaging and photos.
Investigators say Taylor met the girl when he was serving as a Deacon and youth minister for the Corpus Christi Church in Clifton Park. He has since been ordained and now serves in the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Schenectady.
Taylor was arraigned and released on his own recognizance. An order of protection was also issued that bars the priest from contacting the victim.
Authorities say the investigation into the matter is ongoing. Due to the nature of the case and Taylor's position, the Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with relevant information to contact them at (518) 885-6761.
According to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, they received a complaint concerning alleged contact with a minor, and immediately notified law enforcement authorities.
The Diocese released the following statement about the incident:"The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany notified law enforcement authorities in Saratoga County Monday afternoon immediately after receiving a complaint concerning a Diocesan priest and his alleged contact with a minor.
"Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger placed the priest, the Rev. Michael Taylor, on administrative leave immediately after his arraignment.
"The Albany Diocese will cooperate fully with the investigation.
"Rev. Taylor was ordained as a priest two years ago and has served as an associate pastor at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Schenectady. He previously served as a deacon at Corpus Christi Parish in Round Lake.
"The Diocese is in the process of informing the Diocesan parishes where Rev. Taylor served or resided.
"Sexual abuse is a crime and an egregious sin, and the Albany Diocese has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual abuse of children by clerics. Any priest or deacon against whom an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor is substantiated at any time is permanently removed from ministry.
"In accordance with that policy the Albany Diocese urges anyone who has been sexually abused by a priest or deacon to contact a law enforcement agency or the diocesan assistance coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 518 453-6646."