The 49-year-old owner of a Fairfax County ice cream store has been convicted of sexually molesting six females, primarily high school girls who worked at his store, the prosecutor said yesterday.
Sherman M. Taylor Jr., owner of Taylor Made Ice Cream Shop on Old Keene Mill Road in West Springfield, was charged in September with 11 counts of sexual battery during the last year on 11 female employees, including a 19-year-old police cadet who was working undercover.
During a five-hour trial Wednesday in General District Court, Taylor was convicted of sexually assaulting the cadet and a 20-year-old woman and was sentenced to 12 months in the county jail, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney James P. Fisher said.
Yesterday in Family Court, Taylor entered guilty pleas in four of the remaining nine sexual battery cases involving nine juveniles, Fisher said.
The prosecutor said Taylor was sentenced in the juvenile court to two years in jail, which were suspended on the condition that he remain on three years' active probation and receive mental treatment.
Fisher said Taylor progressed from kissing the young employees to more intimate touching and grabbing. Taylor testified that he was an affectionate person and did not see anything wrong with his behavior, the prosecutor said.