A 4th District Court judge ordered the former executive director of the Utah Valley Youth Symphony to stand trial on charges of sexually abusing a teenage musician.

Brent E. Taylor, 70, was charged in November 2018 with one count of forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony.

Judge Roger Griffin read a victim’s statement at a preliminary hearing on Monday and determined there was sufficient evidence in the case to proceed to a trial.

Taylor currently lives in Colorado after working for decades at the Utah Valley Youth Symphony. He did not testify at the hearing, although his lawyer indicated she will file motions against the judge’s decision.

According to charges, Taylor was in his 50s when he reportedly started “sexually grooming” several male teenage members of the Utah Valley Youth Symphony.

One minor said he was between 14 and 18 when Taylor reportedly invited the male musicians to his home in Provo for group discussions of sex and masturbation.

The sexual activities escalated to Taylor inappropriate touching the teenager sometime in 2004 or 2005.

Taylor also pleaded not guilty in May in 3rd District Court to four additional felony charges of sexual abuse in 1984 to 1986.

He was charged with two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, second-degree felonies, and two counts of sodomy on a child, first-degree felonies.

The sexual abuse allegedly started when the man was 13 years old. Taylor would reportedly remove the boy’s clothing and inappropriately touch him and the abuse later advanced to sodomy and happened weekly until the boy was 17 years old.

Another man said he helped Taylor with the Utah Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra. Taylor reportedly showed him R-rated movies and pornography and began sexually abusing him when he was 12 years old, court documents state.

The next court hearing in 4th District Court is scheduled for July 23.

Ashley Stilson covers crime, courts and breaking news for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at 801-344-2556 or astilson@heraldextra.com.

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