Clifford Taylor, a convicted child rapist, now blames his victim in one of the most bizarre and disturbing attempted defenses likely ever to be heard in child sexual abuse case, now telling a judge that a five-year-old girl actually raped him.
Taylor, of Chardon, Ohio, entered a guilty plea on October 15 to two rape counts in Lake County Common Pleas Court, related to an incident last year in which the 51-year-old research scientist induced his girlfriend’s young daughter to perform oral sex on him by bribing her with a pudding pop, saying at the time that the little girl “wanted a snack.”
But at Taylor’s sentencing hearing on November 12 — when Taylor was sapped with the maximum-allowed 22-year sentence — the convicted child rapist attempted to reverse his plea, claiming that his own attorney forced him into the plea agreement by threatening to have him declared mentally incompetent.
Then Taylor compounded his bizarre attempt to weasel out of the heinous charges against him by claiming that the five-year-old girl actually initiated the sex act, because she was “experimenting,” somehow.
“It’s not true! I was told to lie to you by the man sitting right next to me,” Taylor told a judge, denying the “pudding pop” scenario to which he earlier confessed.
“I don’t even remember what I told you. But it wasn’t true. The lie was that I put my penis in her mouth for Pudding Pops. My penis did get in her mouth, but I didn’t put it in there. She put it in there. She grabbed me. She was experimenting. I was drunk and realized it too late.”
His attempt to blame his victim did not go over well in the courtroom, and despite Taylor’s assertion that, “I am not a monster like everybody is making me out to be,” Assistant District Attorney Patrick Condon described Taylor as an individual with “no redeeming qualities.”
By confessing to the child rape, Taylor took a deal that prevented him from spending the rest of his life in prison, if he had been convicted at trial.
Instead, Clifford Taylor took a deal that limited his prison time to 22 years, along with a permanent label as a sex offender, even if he gets out of prison at age 73 — the deal that he attempted to throw away by blaming his five-year-old victim for the sex offense he committed against her.
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