Human trafficking and sexual exploitation of a child charges filed against a Wichita man were dismissed last week at the request of prosecutors, according to Sedgwick County District Court documents.
After hearing evidence during Chivas A. Taylor’s March 6 preliminary hearing, a judge granted the state’s motions to dismiss without prejudice one count of aggravated human trafficking and one count of commercial sexual exploitation of a child brought against the 25-year-old in November, a journal entry in the case shows.
Taylor was bound over for trial, however, on allegations he possessed 3 1/2 grams of cocaine with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of Harry Street Elementary School, 1605 S. Market, and that he possessed nearly $1,600 derived from drug law violations, records show.
Asked about the dismissals, Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said by e-mail: “While I can’t comment on specific facts, I can say that dismissals in these kind of cases are often a result of witness availability. ... We dismiss cases ‘without prejudice’ so that if witnesses are later located, refiling of charges would remain an option.”
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Taylor is set for jury trial April 21 on the drug charges. He remains in Sedgwick County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond.
Taylor was arrested Nov. 5 about a block from Harry Street Elementary after a 16-year-old girl told Wichita police she had been living with him at a south Wichita motel and worked as his prostitute and drug dealer. Charges were filed against him Nov. 8.