A Klamath Falls city councilman is accused of molesting a young boy...and the accusations are having a 'ripple effect' on the community.
60 year old Greg Taylor was charged Tuesday with first degree sexual abuse. Klamath County District Attorney Ed Caleb notes the charges stem from acts alleged to have taken place in Corvallis in late March...
"The allegations are sexual contact with a 4 year old boy, that has some type of family relationship to Mr. Taylor."
Taylor was arrested at Klamath Community College, where he teaches information technology. "Mister Taylor is on paid administrative leave, and all of his classes are being covered by other instructors." Adds Renee Ferguson, KCC Executive Vice-President of Administrative Services.
Chief James Hunter of the Klamath Falls Police Department notes that Taylor still represents Ward 3 on the Klamath Falls City Council, according to city charter...
"It states that the position can be deemed vacant if a felony conviction is in place. It doesn't mention an arrest for, or an allegation for - but a conviction for a felony."
Taylor was released from the Klamath County Jail after posting bail.
D.A. Caleb notes that a Benton County grand jury will still need to review the case against Taylor...
"Which is a measure 11 offense, with a possible 70 months in prison."
Taylor was elected to the Klamath Falls City Council in November of 2010.
So far, Taylor has not responded to our phonecalls and email requests for comment on his side of the story.
The Oregon Department of Justice was initially called in to assist, because the case involved an elected official. The issue has since been referred to the Benton County District Attorney's Office.