PITTSBURGH, PA - Sheriff William P. Mullen announces the apprehension of Michael Taylor, 42 years of age of the North Side. Taylor has been wanted numerous times over the last six months for failing to register as a sexual offender, as required by the terms of his probation regarding to Megan’s Law.
In 1997 and 1998, Taylor was convicted of multiple charges, including Rape, Indecent Assault – W/O Consent of Other, Aggravated Assault, Criminal Attempt and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. Due to these convictions, Taylor is required to register as a sexual offender for life.
In September 2016, officers went to check Taylor’s registered address in the 1100 block of Goettman Street, where the current tenant stated that Taylor had not lived there in at least a month. Due to this violation, a warrant was issued and Taylor was apprehended soon thereafter.
Upon his release from jail in October 2016, officers were told that Taylor had once again not registered a new address, as Allegheny County Jail was still listed as his primary address. Due to this violation, yet another warrant was issued and he was apprehended the following month.
In January 2017, Taylor was arrested again during a prostitution sting detail and was found in possession drugs and paraphernalia. Due to this incident, Taylor was charged with two counts of Prohibited Acts and False Identification to Law Enforcement Authorities. Taylor was lodged at the Allegheny County Jail, but posted bonded and was released from jail on February 10th. Within the 72-hour window upon release, Taylor registered his new address, however missed a hearing regarding the original Megan’s Law case on February 15th, which caused the issuance of a new warrant on the 17th.
The address that Taylor provided authorities was in the 1000 block of Second Street in McKees Rocks. The tenants at the registered address stated that Taylor had never lived there nor given any permission to stay at this residence. In fact, they had no idea that he had been released from jail. Due to this information, sheriff’s deputies filed charges for Failure to Comply With Registration of Sexual Offender Requirements, again.
This morning, deputies developed information that Taylor was staying in the 1400 block of Boyle Street in the North Side. Deputies made contact with a man at the front door and while they were discussing the reason for their presence with the resident, Taylor attempted to flee out a back door. Without incident, sheriff’s deputies immediately took Taylor into custody.
Taylor was transported to the Allegheny County Jail, where he will be held without bond. For media requesting a photo of Taylor, please visit the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office website or our social media outlets.
Over the course of his tenure in office, Sheriff Mullen has made the apprehension of sexual offenders a top priority. Last year alone, the sheriff’s office cleared 183 bench warrants related to fugitives of sex crimes. The charges have ranged from Failure to Comply with Registration of Sexual Offender Requirements (Megan’s Law) to Rape by Forcible Compulsion to Sexual Abuse of Children. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office has filed new charges nearly 200 times in the last four years, including 11 times already this year. Moreover, the Sheriff’s Office has all, but one of the new charges filed in Allegheny County regarding Conduct Related to Sexual Offenders. The new charge is a third degree felony in the Commonwealth where an individual is charged if they are knowingly providing assistance to a Megan’s Law violator in eluding authorities.