NORTH LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - A school crossing guard in North Lauderdale has been arrested.
According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, 74-year-old Keith Taylor was arrested after texting who he thought was a minor for the purpose of engaging in illegal sexual acts.
They said he was calling and texting who he believed was a 13-year-old student at North Broward Academy of Excellence, where he works mornings and afternoons as a crossing guard.
“We see him every morning when we drop the kids off for school at the corner,” said a parent who didn’t want to show her face.
The person who Taylor was texting was actually an undercover agent.
Investigators said on Sept. 28, a deputy from BSO’s North Lauderdale district responded to a complaint from a mother who said Taylor was making inappropriate comments to her teenage daughter, making her feel uncomfortable while walking to and from school.
According to the mother, Taylor asked for her daughter’s phone number.
Investigators gave him a fake number, and though he didn’t know it, he started texting with an undercover officer, writing, “Cool r u a virgin?? Please tell me the truth..”
“Yea.. I neva really had a boyfriend b4,” the officer wrote back.
“The first phone call was, I would say, was in an hour of the time we gave him the phone number,” said BSO Sgt. Sira Arroyo.
Detectives said Taylor would later write back to talk about sex, saying, “Dear some start at 12.”
The officer replied, “Really!? Wha kind of stuff do they do tho?”
“Just have sex. Even though it may hurt the first time but it’s great,” Taylor wrote.
He was taken into custody on Monday morning for trying to entice a child to engage in unlawful sexual activities and appeared in bond court the following day.
Now he’s not allowed to be within 1,000 feet of children.
BSO said approximately 210 text messages and at least 10 phone calls were documented, totaling about 133 minutes, between Taylor and who he thought was a minor.
Taylor was a crossing guard at two schools in the North Lauderdale area.
Detectives believe Taylor may have approached other students.
Anyone with information regarding additional victims is urged to call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.
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