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Anne Arundel County

Man gets 40 years for sexual assault of restaurant employee

A former Randallstown man was sentenced this week to 40 years in prison for the sexual assault in March 2009 of an employee at an Edgewater restaurant after she got off work, according to court records.

Christopher Edward Taylor, 36, of Washington, D.C., was accused of forcing his way into the woman's car at gunpoint at about 11:30 p.m. March 31 after she left work at an Original Steakhouse, assaulting her and making her take him to an ATM to withdraw cash from her bank account.

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Taylor entered a plea in March to first-degree sexual assault and a handgun violation, not admitting guilt but acknowledging that prosecutors had evidence to convict him. Other charges were dropped.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Paul A. Hackner, who imposed a sentence of life in prison with all but 40 years suspended, agreed with Taylor's defense attorney to refer Taylor for evaluation for treatment at Patuxent Institution.

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Taylor must also register as a sex offender and serve five years of supervised probation once he is out of prison, according to court records.

andrea.siegel@baltsun.com


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