DAILYKENN.com -- A teacher with HIV is accused of hiring a hit man to kill a student. The student claims the teacher molested him.
The teacher says he is innocent.
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A St. Louis teacher with HIV is accused of taking a student out of class and molesting him. Three years later, police say the teacher tried to hire a hit man to kill the child and his family.
CLAYTON, Mo. — A St. Louis teacher with HIV is accused of taking a student out of class and molesting him. Three years later, police said the teacher tried to hire a hit man to kill the child and his family.
For months, the I-Team has been looking into the case.
Wednesday, both the teacher and his accomplice made a rare court appearance.
Deonte Taylor, 36, and his accomplice and boyfriend Michael Johnson, 66, were both in court Wednesday afternoon. They both pleaded not guilty to a multitude of charges.
Police said while Taylor was working as a teachers aide at Lusher Elementary in 2015, he molested a 7-year-old student.
Charges weren't filed and Taylor went on to get other teaching jobs. He finally landed in the Ferguson-Florissant School District at Walnut Grove Elementary school, where he taught fifth grade.
We questioned the district about its vetting process.
"Mr. Taylor went through the same process that all of our teaching candidates go through. Everyone goes through a criminal background check, sexual abuse registry background check and there was nothing that showed up on that," said Kevin Hampton, district spokesperson for the Ferguson-Florissant School District.
Taylor was arrested in November of 2018 after his DNA was found to be a match to samples found on his former student.
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