Round Rock attorney says he’s innocent of child porn charge

Tallion Taylor
Tallion Taylor (WCSO)

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — A criminal attorney accused of possessing child pornography says he’s innocent. On Dec. 8, while conducting a search warrant regarding a “separate offense” involving 41-year-old Tallion Taylor, Round Rock police came across the inappropriate photos on Taylor’s cellphone, the arrest affidavit states.

Round Rock police said Taylor originally turned himself in for an investigation involving what’s called “revenge porn.”  An arrest affidavit shows Taylor threatened to release intimate pictures of someone related to him. Taylor told KXAN News he was in a dispute with his ex-wife who had contacted police. Police said shortly after they searched his phone for that investigation, police found images of child pornography on his phone and arrested him.

“We were looking at the photographs on the phone and found the images of what we believe to be child pornography,” explained Sgt. John Rowe with the Round Rock Police Department. “We went back after that and we stopped that search, got a search warrant to continue searching the entire phone as well as his residence.”

Police searched through the attorney’s computers and digital devices and found more than 200 images of what investigators believe to be child pornography on the digital storage devices, including young children engaged in sex acts, the court document continues. Taylor was arrested on Dec. 17 and posted bond the same day.

“From what I saw, this was an intentional act,” explained Rowe. “The person that put these on this drive was intentionally looking for those type of images.”

According to Taylor’s representative, the memory cards containing the alleged illegal material were left in his office by a client who hired Taylor to represent him. “The client was being investigated regarding child pornography, but was never arrested,” according to the statement from Taylor’s representative.

“I believe they were left behind by the client,” said Taylor outside his home Monday afternoon. Taylor said he moved his office to his home in November and that’s why he had the devices.

This all started with an argument between Mr. Taylor and his ex-wife. She called the police on Mr. Taylor for an unrelated matter in September then decided she didn’t need the police. 3 months later, another argument between he and his ex-wife took place because she continued to enter into Mr. Taylor’s home without permission. She got mad and again called the police again for the same matter from September.

RRPD got a search warrant for Mr. Taylor’s phone. Among the 1000 normal photos on the phone, there were 3 they said appeared underage. When the police showed them to Mr. Taylor, he was confused as to how they were on his phone. He certainly didn’t download them, nor had he ever seen them before. The police told him they were put on his phone from an SD memory card.

During a search of Mr. Taylor’s house and home office, another SD memory card and a thumb drive were found which contain allegedly illegal material.

During that search, police seized and examined many devices belonging to Mr. Taylor including 2 laptops, an iPad, a tablet computer, a camera, 2 iPods and 2 additional cell phones. Nothing illegal was found on any of these devices. Every device that is linked directly to, or registered to, Mr. Taylor, contains nothing illegal.

Mr. Taylor’s office, would regularly use thumb drives and memory cards to transfer materials between computers. Mr. Taylor moved his office from its old location of 10 years, into his home on November 27th. Otherwise these materials would have been at Mr. Taylor’s office and not his house.

It is Mr. Taylor’s belief that the memory cards containing the alleged illegal material, were left in his office by a client who hired Mr. Taylor to represent him. The client was being investigated regarding child pornography, but was never arrested. Mr. Taylor informed the police of that, but attorney/client privilege prevents disclosure of the client’s name. After Mr. Taylor refused to provide the client’s name to the police, they got a warrant for Mr. Taylor’s arrest.

When they arrested Mr. Taylor, there were probably a dozen officers who pulled him over. Half of them were carrying AR15’s. All of them had their guns pointed at him.

Round Rock Police told Mr. Taylor that at least one of the memory cards had been erased so that a normal individual with a normal computer couldn’t have seen any illegal materials. But with the police using specialized computers and software, they were able to find illicit images. Of course, Mr. Taylor doesn’t have access to that specialized technology, which is further proof that he COULDN’T have known what was on the memory card.

Mr. Taylor is innocent of these charges and plans to fight to prove his innocence.”

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