Former Teacher Arrested
“I will not tolerate any kind of abuse in Lee County,” stated Sheriff Carmine Marceno. “I am proud of our detectives for their diligent work on this case and for removing this predator from our streets.”
On June 2, 2020, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of a sex crime that occurred in Lehigh Acres involving an adult and two juvenile females.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit assumed the investigation and quickly obtained information that identified Taylor Austin Harris (DOB 04/08/1994) as the suspect. Detectives also learned that Harris was a teacher at an elementary school in Glades County that one of the juvenile victims previously attended.
Upon speaking with the two victims and several witnesses, detectives learned that Harris was engaging in inappropriate online conversations with the two juvenile females.
During the investigation, a warrant for Harris’ phone was signed and executed. Detectives sent his phone to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Digital Forensics Unit to be analyzed. The investigation revealed he was utilizing Snapchat to engage in sexual conversations with the two victims. In some of these conversations, Harris even offered the victims money and alcohol in exchange for sex.
“This predator is exactly where he belongs…behind bars,” stated Sheriff Carmine Marceno.
Taylor Austin Harris was arrested and charged with two counts of Obscene Communication to Seduce or Lure a Child and two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Behavior.