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Jury resumes work in Md. deaf school abuse case

Wednesday - 11/13/2013, 10:40am  ET

Associated Press

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) -- A Howard County jury is continuing to deliberate in the trial of a former Maryland School for the Deaf aide charged with sexually abusing seven middle school girls.

The panel began its third day of deliberations Wednesday in Ellicott City.

On Tuesday, the jury sent three notes to the judge. The contents weren't disclosed. The jurors then voted secretly on the judge's question of whether more deliberations could produce a unanimous verdict.

Thirty-eight-year-old 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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