ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) -- A Howard County jury is struggling to reach a verdict in the trial of a former Maryland School for the Deaf aide charged with sexually abusing seven middle-school girls.
A second day of deliberations in Ellicott City ended Tuesday after the jury sent three notes to the judge. The jurors agreed to return Wednesday after he asked them to vote on whether more deliberations could produce a unanimous verdict.
Defendant Clarence Taylor III denies the girls' allegations that he touched their breasts or buttocks, and kissed two of them on the lips, while working as a boys' dormitory aide in Columbia from 2008 to 2011.
Prosecutors say Taylor used hugs and elaborate handshakes as opportunities to brush his hands and arms across the girls' private parts.
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