COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho—A Coeur d’Alene science teacher faced a judge Tuesday accused of raping a child. The judge ordered that Daniel Taylor be held on a $50,000 bond.
Taylor was charged with two counts of lewd conduct and one count of rape. Court documents stated the alleged crime took place in October 2012, but was not reported until December 2013. Taylor was arrested Monday after a one week long investigation.
The judge ordered the Venture High School teacher to not have any contact with the victim or the victim’s siblings. Officers said the victim was a young family member who had two siblings according to investigators.
Taylor faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if he is found guilty. Prosecutors said he has been arrested in the past for a domestic violence case in Colorado.
Taylor works at Venture High School in Coeur d’Alene. He has been placed on administrative leave. The High School website lists Taylor as a science teacher who also taught in Colorado.
His online biography reads:
“Mr. Daniel Taylor is excited to continue as a part of the school Science staff. He has taught science at several schools in both Coeur d'Alene and the State of Colorado. His passion for teaching science is due to the amount of natural inquiry and investigation it entails. His schedule this year includes 9th Prep Science, Basic Integrated Science, Physical Science and Computer Applications.
Dan's personal interests include swimming, water polo, trivia, hiking and biking, political action, open space promotion, theatre and, of course, playing with his young children.”