LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — In a Fox16 Investigates update, a Pulaski County Judge may issue a warrant for a pastor accused of failing to register as a sex offender after he fails to appear in court for his trial.
Bishop Jacob Taylor, also known as Carlos Norwood, was slated to appear in circuit court Monday. He was arrested in August 2014 after our investigation uncovered Taylor had been working in a leadership position in churches he established while police claimed he had never reported those activities.
Taylor was charged with sexual assault in 2003 under the name of Carlos Norwood. He pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in his church and spent time in jail. He maintains his innocence and claims he was a victim of the system.
According to Taylor’s attorney in court Monday, Taylor was in the hospital and had faxed documentation to his office to verify those claims. However, the court had not received any such documentation, according to court staff. Judge Herbert Wright indicated he would issue a warrant for Taylor’s failing to appear.
“If he is able to provide verification and proof he is in the hospital, I’ll recall it,” Judge Wright said. As of 4:15 p.m. on Monday the court had received documentation from Taylor, and according to court’s case coordinator Judge Wright would review the materials and decide if it was sufficient to forego the warrant Tuesday morning.
When this reporter spoke with Taylor by phone Monday afternoon, he declined to give any specific information about why he couldn’t show up to court. When asked if he was aware the judge had indicated the intent to issue a bench warrant, Taylor said it was not possible because he was the one in the hospital. He said he had not been contacted by his attorney alerting him there was a warrant.
Taylor has been out of custody on bond. In light of today’s events, a bond forfeiture hearing has been scheduled for January 2016.