James Andrew Taylor
TEXARKANA, Arkansas — Bail has been set at $150,000 for a Miller County man accused of giving a 16-year-old girl methamphetamine before sexually assaulting her last month.
James Andrew Taylor, 55, is identified in a probable cause affidavit as the suspect in the case.
The case was brought to the attention of investigators at the Miller County Sheriff’s Office by a detective with the Nevada County, Arkansas, Sheriff’s Office. The Nevada County detective contacted Miller County on Dec. 8 about a 16-year-old girl found sitting on the side of the road in a ditch.
The girl told the Nevada County detective her Taylor had picked her up around midnight after speaking with him Dec. 6 about “sneaking out.” The girl reported that Taylor gave her methamphetamine and marijuana and engaged in sexual activity with her.
Taylor allegedly used methamphetamine with the girl while parked in a secluded spot in Miller County in a sport utility vehicle. The girl allegedly told investigators she was “confused” and “didn’t know what to do.”
“(The alleged victim) explained around 8 a.m. Mr. Taylor took her to the Old Rosston Highway and dropped her off on the side of the road, where she was eventually located by Nevada County law enforcement,” the affidavit states.
When Taylor was taken into custody on Monday, a state probation/parole officer allegedly discovered a loaded .22 rifle in his bedroom closet. Offenders serving probation or parole are typically required to sign a search waiver.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Taylor has a prior conviction for being in possession of a firearm as a convicted felon prohibited from possessing guns or ammunition. He is now facing a new charge for that offense.
If found guilty of rape, Taylor faces 10 to 40 years or life in