BALTIMORE – Maryland's second-highest court has reversed the conviction of a deaf-school aide charged with molesting two girls because he wasn't allowed to question an American Sign Language interpreter who assisted police.
The Baltimore Sun reports (bsun.md/1PYcRcJ) that the Court of Special Appeals ruled Wednesday in the case involving former Maryland School for the Deaf aide Clarence Taylor.
Howard County state's attorney's spokesman Wayne Kirwan says the state plans to appeal.
The appellate court found that Taylor, who is deaf, was denied his constitutional right to cross-examine the interpreter at his 2013 trial.
Taylor claimed the interpreter incorrectly translated his statements.
Taylor was convicted of sexually abusing two girls who said he had surreptitiously touched their breasts or buttocks. He was acquitted in another case. The jury deadlocked in four others.
Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com