Appeal bond rescinded in sexual assault case

By Nick Gosnell
June 19, 2014

Judge John Klenda Thursday afternoon ordered a defendant who originally was convicted and sentenced for aggravated sexual battery and subsequently released on an appeal bond put back behind bars to await the appeal of the withdrawal of his plea.

McPherson County Attorney David Page filed the motion Wednesday after learning that the court granted Jason Jerome Taylor a $10,000 bond on June 10th.

Page argued in the written motion that prosecutors and the victim were not notified of the bond request as required by law and given a chance to argue in its opposition. Those arguments took place Thursday afternoon in McPherson County District Court.

The state originally charged Taylor with rape for an incident that occurred January 19th, 2013. He subsequently pled in January 2014 to a reduced charge of aggravated sexual battery.

On June 6th, Taylor filed a notice of appeal on his motion to withdraw his plea and requested an appeal bond. Since that request has now been denied by District Court after Thursday's hearing, the next step for Taylor is to request an appeal bond from the Court of Appeals or to the Kansas Supreme Court.