Former child services employee pleads guilty to sexual abuse
MOREHEAD, Ky. (WTVQ)- According to the Morehead News, a Morehead man and former Sunrise Children Services employee has pleaded guilty to sexual abuse after police say he inappropriately touched a 16-year-old female residing at the residential facility for teen girls.
The newspaper says 25-year-old Taylor Ward, of Pikeville, was arrested for the charge on July 14, 2017, and pleaded not guilty during his arraignment the next week.
Ward was a direct-care counselor at Sunrise Children Services’ Morehead residential center formerly located at 2495 Cranston Road. The center closed at the beginning of March.
According to the arrest warrant, between Dec. 1, 2016, and May 31, 2017, Ward worked for Sunrise and admitted to touching a female juvenile while she was under his care.
The uniform citation added that Ward also admitted to engaging in other inappropriate acts with minors while serving as an employee at Sunrise.
In a July 12, 2017, interview with police and a social worker, the alleged victim named Ward as the man who groped and touched her.
The paper says Ward voluntarily went to police to be questioned about the incident, but before the interview started Ward admitted to the act.
The trooper investigating the charge also said Ward told him he believed the act was consensual.
On March 15, Ward agreed to plead guilty to two counts of first degree sexual abuse and was sentenced to serve a year in prison.