Human-trafficking, sex charges refiled against Wichita man

03/28/2014 6:41 AM

08/08/2014 10:23 AM

A Wichita man is again facing human trafficking and sexual exploitation of a child charges after prosecutors refiled a case against him last week in Sedgwick County District Court.

Chivas A. Taylor, 25, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Thursday on one count of aggravated human trafficking and one count of commercial sexual exploitation of a child. The allegations involve a 16-year-old girl who told police last year that she had been living with him at a south Wichita motel and worked as his prostitute and drug dealer. He remained in jail Thursday on $250,000 bond in the case.

The charges in the case, filed March 20, are identical to ones that were dropped at the request of prosecutors on March 6. Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said at the time 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 two drug-related charges that were filed with the first set of human trafficking and sexual exploitation counts. His bond in that case is $1 million.

Taylor was arrested Nov. 5 about a block from Harry Street Elementary School, 1605 S. Market, where he is accused of possessing cocaine with an intent to distribute, and has remained in jail since.

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