Man facing federal drug charges, state sex abuse charges

Miller County Courthouse
A man who pleaded guilty in federal court earlier this year to a drug offense is now facing a charge of fourth-degree sexual assault in Miller County.
Patrick Glenn Taylor Jr., 32, was formally charged this week in Miller County for alleged misconduct with a 15-year-old girl. According to a probable cause affidavit, the girl was spending the night at a Texarkana, Ark., hotel June 3 where she was celebrating a cousin’s birthday.
The girl alleges she woke in her darkened room in the night to find Taylor rubbing her side with his penis. The girl allegedly reported that Taylor pulled up his shorts and left the room after she ran to the bathroom in tears.
The girl, who was sharing a bed with a female relative, said later in the night she awoke and found Taylor acting inappropriately again. The affidavit doesn’t explain how Taylor had access to the room or if he was connected somehow to the earlier celebration.
Taylor allegedly sent the girl text messages earlier in the day asking her for sex in exchange for money and alcohol. The girl said she did not recognize the phone number associated with the messages but that at some point during the day, Taylor approached her and asked why she had not responded to them.
Just a few days after Taylor allegedly assaulted the teen girl, he was indicted by a federal grand jury in the Texarkana Division of the Western District of Arkansas for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Taylor pleaded guilty Aug. 21 to one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and was remanded to federal custody. He had been free on a $5,000 unsecured appearance bond since his initial appearance on the indictment in June.
Taylor faces five to 40 years in federal prison, a fine up to $5 million, or both at sentencing on the federal drug charge. A date for sentencing has not been scheduled. Taylor faces up to six years in prison and a fine up to $10,000 on the sexual assault charge pending in Miller County.
The sexual assault charge was filed Oct. 25 and the case is assigned to Circuit Judge Carlton Jones.
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