The man accused of molesting an 8-year-old boy in a Zionsville park was transferred to Boone County Jail and had his initial hearing Friday, Oct. 27.

Stephen Taylor, 35, of Indianapolis, was charged with child molestation, a class A felony, by the Zionsville Police Department on Sept. 25.

He is being held in the Boone County Jail on $100,000 bond following his 9:30 a.m. booking Friday, Oct. 27. His trial is scheduled for March 5 in Superior Court I.

Taylor was in the Hendricks County Jail on child molestation, resisting law enforcement and false informing charges from Marion County when the Zionsville warrant was issued.

According to court and police records, on June 27 a group of children from the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis was at a day camp in Lions Club Park. An 8-year-old boy who was participating in the camp was allegedly approached by a man in Creekside Park, which is just south of Lions Club Park, and offered $100 to allow the man to perform oral sex on him.

After the act was performed, the man fled and allegedly lost a baseball cap, ZPD Det. Rob Knox said. The baseball cap was retrieved and DNA was extracted from the cap but no matches were found in the samples from the DNA database.

On Aug. 30, Taylor was arrested by the Plainfield Police Department. The Plainfield Police received reports of a suspicious man on a trail in a Plainfield park, Knox said.

Plainfield officers identified Taylor, who was wanted on an arrest warrant for child molestation from Marion County for allegedly molesting a child in Marion County some time after the molestation in Zionsville allegedly occurred.

When taken into custody, Taylor had more than $1,400 in cash, including 13 $100 bills, a small pocketknife, a can of pepper spray and a note offering to give someone $100 if they would allow Taylor to perform oral sex on them, Knox said.

ZPD Detective Chuck White attempted to interview Taylor, but Taylor invoked his constitutional right to not speak with investigators.

After getting a search warrant on Sept. 1, ZPD detectives collected a DNA sample from Taylor that matched one from the baseball cap.

Knox said ZPD has no open cases similar to the alleged child molestation. However, he said, the Fishers Police Department is investigating a similar case of a molestation that occurred in July at a park there.

If convicted of the Boone County felony charges, Taylor faces up to 50 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

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