A Johnson City man arrested in 2011 after he hired a prostitute for his 12-year-old son pleaded guilty in Washington County Criminal Court on Thursday to solicitation of child rape.
William Taylor, 32, was charged April 29, 2011, as part of a Johnson City police prostitute sting conducted at a North Roan Street motel.
Judge Robert Cupp ordered Taylor to serve a 10-year prison sentence.
Taylor claimed the prostitute, a woman from Knoxville he knew, contacted him by text message about getting together for sex. Taylor testified at his sentencing hearing Thursday that he told the woman he had his son that weekend but he could meet her for about 30 minutes.
The text messaging allegedly occurred while Taylor was donating plasma at a blood center in Johnson City, and he claimed a friend had his phone at the time. Taylor also claimed he didn’t initially know the woman was a prostitute, but that she said she was an escort.
Regardless of that, Taylor agreed to have sex with the woman in the bathroom while his son watched TV in the other room.
Prosecutors said Taylor arranged to meet the woman at a motel, then waited in the bathroom and intended to listen to whatever transpired between her and his son.
But it didn’t get that far. As soon as the woman went from the bathroom back into the motel room, police made the bust.
“I have never seen anything like this from this bench. He set up a prostitute for his 12-year-old son,” Cupp said. “That young kid didn’t deserve this.”
In a psychosexual evaluation report filed with the court, Taylor was described as having a high risk for inappropriate sexual activity with someone younger than himself, a moderate risk to engage in sexual violence and a moderate-to-high risk of engage in impulsive sexual-related behavior.
Overall, Taylor presented with a high risk of committing another sex offense if left untreated, according to the report.
Taylor, who was already in custody, must serve 35 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole.