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Default Coon ex-con was a Louisville violence 'interrupter.' Now he faces rape charge


He was a Louisville violence 'interrupter.' Now he faces rape charge
Updated 6:45 a.m. ET March 6, 2019

A man who worked to prevent violence and conflict on Louisville's streets as part of the Cure Violence program was arrested last week after police said he raped and choked a woman.

Dwight M. Taylor, 36, was arrested Friday in connection with a Feb. 16 incident in which he is alleged to have raped a woman at her home and choked her until she lost consciousness, according to an arrest citation.

Taylor has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree rape (domestic violence with serious physical injury), first-degree wanton endangerment and fourth-degree assault, according to online court records. His bail was set at $250,000.

He had been employed as a violence "interrupter" with Louisville's Cure Violence program and was working at the YMCA of Greater Louisville, according to a statement provided by the YMCA.

Rashaad Abdur-Rahman, director of the city's Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, which oversees the Cure Violence Program, said Taylor was fired and had been working at the YMCA since September.


Troubleshooter: A look into the record of a former Interrupter now accused of rape

Updated March 5 at 9:52 PM

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - He was supposed to help stop violence, but that same city-paid employee is now facing charges of rape and assault.

WAVE 3 News broke the story in an exclusive Troubleshooter investigation Monday. And now, Dwight Taylor’s criminal records, which include violent charges, have come to light.

As a so-called “Interrupter” -- a city employee hired to prevent or interrupt crime -- Taylor was earning a $33,000 salary, backed by taxpayers.
He worked for the City’s Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhood’s Cure Violence program, contracted through the YMCA of Greater Louisville, the head of the department, Rashaad Abdur-Rahman, said.

As part of the Cure Violence model, Interrupters do often have criminal records. But group leaders believe the Interrupters’ records are what help them do their job.

WAVE 3 News learned that Taylor, now fired from the program, pleaded guilty to trafficking in January 2018, and was hired as an Interrupter eight months later.

WAVE 3 News also found a 2012 allegation similar to the one for which he was arrested Friday. Court records show Taylor pleaded guilty to assault after he allegedly hit and strangled a woman.

Other charges date back to 2002 and continue until 2017. There are charges of wanton endangerment, assault, trafficking and gun possession.
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