A 49-year-old Novato man was arrested Tuesday night after officers discovered methamphetamine, cash and a video depicting him engaging in sexual activity with a child, police said.

William Jay Taylor was arrested at 10:40 p.m. after police searched his home in the 700 block of Del Mar Avenue, according to a Novato police statement. The search was conducted because Taylor was on probation, said Novato police Lt. John McCarthy.

Officers discovered numerous images of child pornography, including an image of Taylor penetrating a victim with an object, McCarthy said. The gender and age of the victim were not released.

Taylor was booked at Marin County Jail on suspicion of penetrating a minor under 14 with a foreign object and possession of child pornography, McCarthy said. Drug charges are also expected, he said. Bail was set at $500,000.

In May 2009, Taylor was convicted on weapons charges stemming from an incident at a Sonoma Valley Airport hangar, where he was accused of waving a gun and making threats, according to Sonoma County court records.

He served 240 days at Sonoma County’s North County Detention facility north of Santa Rosa and was released on probation in July 2010, according to court records and information from the Sonoma County District Attorney’s office. His probation was set to end in June 2012, according to court records.


  1. jack haugen says:

    So what happen to this guy? Why is this not front paget news?