Crime

Former Warner Robins teacher gets five years probation for stalking

PERRY — A former Warner Robins teacher and coach was sentenced Monday to five years probation on three counts of aggravated assault for stalking his former fiancee, a Houston County prosecutor said.

Mark Taylor, 46, a former Northside Middle School seventh-grade science teacher and Warner Robins High School track and field coach, is serving a four-year and 11-month prison sentence for threatening his former fiancee, also a teacher, through a text message on her cell phone. Taylor originally received probation for interfering with a witness by intimidating his former fiancee, but that was revoked and Taylor was sent to prison for violating his probation, said Houston County senior assistant district attorney David Cooke.

A jury found Taylor guilty last week of the aggravated assault charges that stemmed from Taylor watching his former fiancee’s residence, sending her e-mail communications through My-Space and setting up an Intelius account using her contact information — all in 2007.

Taylor also had previous convictions for domestic violence and harassing phone calls against his ex-wife, according to a Houston County District Attorney’s Office news release.

Although Cooke said he respected Superior Court Judge George F. Nunn’s sentencing decision, Cooke said he felt that Taylor should have gotten significant prison time based on Taylor’s disregard for the previously imposed sentence of probation and his prior convictions.

Taylor is tentatively scheduled to be paroled in 2012, Cooke said.

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