Human trafficking charges dismissed against Wichita man

03/14/2014 5:37 PM

08/06/2014 10:35 AM

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.”

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.

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