A Gwinnett County man convicted of molesting 16 children is appealing his conviction to the Georgia Supreme Court.
Harry Brett Taylor was sentenced to life in prison in 2014 after being convicted of more than 30 child molestation charges. The Lawrenceville man had more than 1,000 photographs on his computer of naked children, including some of Taylor molesting the children. Some victims were relatives of Taylor, and others were children he met as a Cub Scout den leader.
Taylor is asking the Supreme Court to overturn his conviction because he believes a search warrant used to collect evidence from his computer was invalid, according to a release from the court.
Taylor’s attorney argued that the search warrant was invalid in 2012, before Taylor’s trial in Gwinnett County court. The attorney, Walt Britt, made the same argument, claiming the warrant was invalid because it did not include a verbatim statement from the first child that told police Taylor molested him, and because there was too much time between the issuance of the warrant and the execution of the warrant.
The judge in that case, William Ray, ruled that the warrant was sufficient.
The Georgia Supreme Court will hear Taylor’s appeal on Sept. 12. Taylor’s attorney for the appeal is Bernard Brody.
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