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Man jailed in attack of boy at Butler YMCA

A man accused of attacking a 12-year-old boy at the Butler County Family YMCA told police he has mental health issues but can’t afford treatment. Jason M. Taylor, 35, was lodged in the Butler County Prison.

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Monday, July 1, 2013, 2:06 p.m.
 

A man accused of attacking a 12-year-old boy at the Butler County Family YMCA told police he has mental health issues but can't afford treatment.

Jason M. Taylor, 35, remained in the Butler County Prison on Monday, unable to post $150,000 cash bond on charges of indecent assault, simple assault, attempted rape, attempted aggravated assault and attempted aggravated indecent assault.

Butler police said Taylor of Butler approached the boy at the YMCA on Thursday, grabbed his throat and brandished a utility knife in his face. He then took the boy to a bathroom stall and told him “not to scream or yell and that everything would be OK.” The boy told police that Taylor kissed and fondled him.

When someone else entered the bathroom, the boy told police he screamed and Taylor fled, but several YMCA patrons stopped and held him until police arrived.

Police said Taylor told them he hadn't seen the boy before and said “he was unable or unwilling to state what his intentions were.”

YMCA president and CEO William Kunert said Monday that Taylor was a member of the Y, though he did not know for how long.

Kunert issued a statement that read in part, “The YMCA understands that an allegation of child abuse has been made against a person who was at the YMCA on (Thursday). The YMCA immediately referred this matter to all the proper authorities and it is under investigation. Because an investigation is underway and allegations of child abuse have been made, the YMCA cannot comment further at this time.”

Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or bvidonic@tribweb.com.

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