Brent E Taylor

Brent E Taylor

Two more men stepped forward in December and accused a former Utah County youth symphony director of sexually abusing them nearly 30 years ago.

Four more charges were filed in 3rd District Court against Brent E. Taylor, 70, who is already facing a felony charge in 4th District Court for sexually abusing a teenage musician.

The additional sexual abuse charges were filed on Dec. 21, and Taylor appeared Wednesday in court at West Jordan for an initial appearance.

Taylor currently lives in Colorado after working for decades as the executive director of the Utah Valley Youth Symphony.

Prosecutors said he was also a Sunday school teacher in Sandy at the time he reportedly sexually abused two boys in his church class.

One man told investigators Taylor had introduced him to “alcohol, tobacco and pornography” and talked about sexual topics, according to court documents.

The sexual abuse started when the man was 13 years old. Taylor would reportedly remove the boy’s clothing and inappropriately touch him. 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 boy told investigators he thought he and Taylor were in a relationship, and the abuse continued until Taylor moved from Sandy when the boy was 15 years old.

Taylor 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.

Although the abuse happened from 1984 to 1986, the statute of limitations allows for child sexual abuse charges to be filed at any time.

Taylor is also facing one count of forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony in 4th District Court in American Fork.

The man involved in the separate case told investigators he was a high school student and a musician with the youth symphony when the reported sexual abuse occurred.

Taylor was in his 50s at the time, charging documents state, and several male teenage members of the Utah Valley Youth Symphony reportedly went through “a sexually grooming process” by Taylor.

The man told investigators he was between 14 and 18 years old when Taylor allegedly invited several male musicians to his home in Provo for group discussions of sex and masturbation in a hot tub.

The sexual activities escalated to Taylor inappropriate touching the teenager and “group masturbation involving multiple boys,” according to charging documents.

The man also told investigators Taylor would provide alcohol, pornography and sex toys to the teenagers. Taylor would reassure them that “it was natural for boys to be sexually curious and experimental,” prosecutors wrote in the court documents.

Other male members of the youth symphony were involved in the sexual activities, and police received complaints from four other men who described similar activities with Taylor.

But the alleged offenses had expired under the statute of limitations and could not be pursued, prosecutors wrote.

The forcible sexual abuse described by the man cannot be charged as the statute of limitations expired in 2013. But the Legislature amended Utah laws in 2008 to allow charges for forcible sodomy to be prosecuted at any time.

According to a past biography on the Utah Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra website, Taylor is a graduate of Brigham Young University and taught high school in several states. He also worked as a string specialist in the Summerhays Music Center Pro Shop.

Taylor is currently not in custody. The next court date in American Fork is set for Feb. 5, and the next court date for charges in West Jordan is scheduled for Jan. 28.

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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