COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho—Court documents said a high school teacher from Coeur d’Alene confessed to raping a young family member. Authorities Daniel Taylor could spend the rest of his life in prison if he is convicted.
Taylor raped a five-year-old family member in October of 2012 to according to court documents. The records stated that Taylor admitted to the crime during a police interview. He recalled the date of the rape and admitted to everything the victim told investigators according to court records.
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On Tuesday, 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. He was held on $50,000 bail. The judge ordered the Venture High School teacher to not have any contact with the victim or the victim’s siblings.
Court documents also showed Taylor was previously arrested in Colorado for a domestic dispute with his ex-wife. Prosecutors said he also violated a protection order in 2010 while in Colorado.
School officials in Coeur d’Alene said they could not comment on whether they had knowledge of this history because of pending personal matters.
A Coeur d’Alene School District official said the Idaho State Department of Education handles background checks, including a criminal history check by the FBI. The Department of Education uses the results to determine whether to issue a teaching certificate. They do not share the specific details of the check the school districts.
In Washington, the Spokane Public School District requires candidates go through a three-step process. That process includes a standard background check, fingerprinting for a federal background check, and a sexual misconduct clearance from previous schools that employed the candidate. A Spokane Public School District hiring manager reviews this information.
Both processes include background checks in other states.
Daniel Taylor is on administrative leave according to The Coeur d’Alene School District.