North Miami Teacher Arrested for Allegedly Molesting Student

Police arrested a North Miami school teacher Wednesday for allegedly molesting a student.

Mwon Taylor, 39, is a social studies and religion teacher at Miami Union Academy located at 12600 Northwest 4th Avenue in North Miami.

Taylor was being held without bond Thursday, jail records showed. He was expected to appear in court Friday, and it was unknown if he's hired an attorney.

"We are deeply saddened and regret to hear this news," the school said in a statement Thursday. "Be assured that the school's administration is in complete cooperation with the authorities and their investigation."

According to the police report, a student came forward Sunday and disclosed that Taylor had inappropriately touched her while she was in the 8th and 9th grade.

Taylor faces 15 counts of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child less than 16 years of age and and five counts of sexual battery on a child over 12.

Investigators say that the inappropriate encounters included Taylor grabbing and rubbing his hands on the student's buttocks and groin areas. Investigators add that five of the 20 incidents included sexual contact.

"With a teacher and a child there is always trust, many times children will open up to their teachers about things that are happening at home, they feel safer talking to the teacher, in this case he abused that power," North Miami Police spokeswoman Natalie Buissereth said.

The police report said the teen consented to the activities but officials say there is no such thing.

"It is never consensual to have sex with a minor, if you are an adult you do not have sex with a child, have sex with someone your own age," Buissereth said.

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