BEDFORD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — A Tussey Mountain Junior High baseball coach has been placed on administrative leave following accusations of having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl.
Police say they received information Monday regarding a possible sexual relationship between Daniel J. Taylor, 23, of Broad Top, and a 15-year-old girl.
According to the criminal complaint, a photo was found of Taylor and the teen in her school locker.
Police say when they went to the locker, they found two photos, and in one photo, Taylor was kissing the teen.
Tussey Mountain school officials confirmed to WTAJ that Taylor is on the baseball coaching staff at Tussey Mountain Middle School.
In a statement, Tussey Mountain Superintendent, Jerry Shoemake, tells WTAJ:
The Tussey Mountain School District was notified by the State Police regarding their investigation of this matter. We have cooperated fully with law enforcement and will continue to do so. The accused individual, Daniel Taylor, has been put on administrative leave until the police investigation concludes. He is barred from school property until further notice. We take these allegations very seriously and will continue to monitor developments. It is worth noting that according to the police report, none of the alleged acts took place on school property.
Taylor admitted the relationship to police and told them they began talking at a basketball game, and then on Snapchat.
Taylor told police the relationship became sexual in December.
Taylor is facing charges of Statutory Sexual Assault, Sexual Contact with a Student, Institutional Sexual Assault, and other related charges.