Nursing home resident accused of assault, having nude pictures

A Grand Junction nursing home resident has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault after family members cleaning out his house found sexually explicit pictures of him and a young girl that were taken nearly 20 years ago.

Robert Ernest Taylor, 83, made his first appearance in court Thursday via closed-circuit television from the Mesa County Jail. He could be charged with sexual assault on a child, sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, sexual exploitation of a child and possession of sexually explicit material.

According to an arrest affidavit, Taylor’s grandson contacted police in August after he and his mother were cleaning out Taylor’s home, and his mother found several photographs inside a coat in the garage. Taylor had moved into the La Villa Grande Care Center, 2501 Little Bookcliff Drive, a month earlier.

The 18 pictures showed Taylor and a young girl posing nude and having sexual relations, the affidavit said.

The grandson said he thought he knew who the girl was and provided contact information for her family.

The girl, who no longer lives in the area, told police she stayed with Taylor and his wife at times when she was 5 or 6 years old. She said Taylor molested her, took pictures of her while she was naked and had her walk around naked inside a shed on his property, the affidavit said.

Investigators met with Taylor at the nursing home. He acknowledged the pictures of the naked girl and that he was in the pictures with her but said someone else took them. He said he didn’t remember whether he had sexual contact with the girl, the affidavit said.

“I asked what he would say to (the alleged victim) now if given the opportunity. Robert said he would apologize to her,” an investigator wrote in the affidavit.

Taylor was arrested Wednesday after a judge signed an arrest warrant.

On Thursday, District Attorney Pete Hautzinger requested a $100,000 personal recognizance bond, rather than a secured bond, because of Taylor’s health issues.

“I frankly think he’s better off, we’re all better off, with him in assisted living,” Hautzinger said.

County Judge Craig Henderson agreed and ordered Taylor to return to court Tuesday.


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