Walter Earl Taylor – Repeat Sex Offender – Baby Raper busted by DNA

BOYNTON BEACH – A sex offender who served almost 14 years for raping a child was arrested this morning, accused of raping another child more than 25 years ago, police said.

Authorities in Lake City arrested Walter Earl Taylor about 8 a.m. after DNA tests confirmed that he sexually battered his 3-year-old Boynton Beach neighbor on Sept. 28, 1983, police said.

Boynton Beach police will extradite him to Palm Beach County, where he will be charged with sexual battery on a minor. Taylor, 39, who now lives in Lake City, was 14 at the time of the rape. The 3-year-old could not describe the attack to police, and while investigators collected evidence, they had no suspects.

Twenty-five years went by until crime scene technician Rob Eichorst ran across the unsolved case while pouring through the agency’s cold cases. Last January, he examined the child’s clothing under a forensic light, technology the department did not have in 1983, police said.

Eichorst was attending a crime scene technician school in Quantico, Va., and was not immediately available.

However, Detective Astrel Labbe wrote in his arrest report: “Stains were located on the front of the child’s shirt and … pants. The stains tested positive for the presence of semen.”

Investigators asked the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office DNA lab to analyze the semen. However, because of a backlog in cases, the evidence was not sent for analysis until March.

Last week, Sheriff’s Office lab officials told Boynton Beach authorities they got a hit matching the semen found on the clothing.

“The match was to … Walter Earl Taylor,” Labbe wrote. “My investigation revealed that [Taylor] was living next to the victim at the time of the crime.”

Taylor is a registered sex offender, police said.

In July 1987, a judge sentenced him to 30 years for the March 15, 1986, rape of a child in Palm Beach County, according to the Florida Department of Corrections website. He was released from the Columbia Correctional Facility in March 2001 after serving 13 years and 8 months, DOC records show.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

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