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Jury has case of man accused of molesting students

Friday - 11/8/2013, 5:58pm  ET

Associated Press

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) -- The case of a former Maryland School for the Deaf aide charged with sexually abusing seven female students is in the jury's hands.

The Howard County jury deliberated for about 25 minutes Friday in the trial of Clarence Taylor III. They'll resume deliberations Tuesday.

Assistant State's Attorney Lisa Broten said in her closing arguments that Taylor used hugs and handshakes as opportunities to molest the girls.

Taylor, in testimony on Friday, emphatically denied molesting the students and said the girls were lying.

Earlier Friday, prosecutors dropped charges alleging Taylor had asked three of the girls for naked pictures of themselves.

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