Councilman Pleads 'Guilty' To Sex Charge

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Tue, April 30 2013 at 4:46 PM, Updated: Tue, April 30 2013 at 4:54 PM

A former Klamath Falls city councilman has plead 'guilty' to misdemeanor charges of third-degree sex abuse.

61 year old Greg Taylor was accused of inappropriately touching a 5 year old male relative in Benton County in April of last year.

Associate attorney George McCoy notes Taylor plead guilty Monday to misdemeanor charges as part of a plea agreement, in which Taylor will serve no jail time...

"There will be a probation period of three years, and cumulative amount of fines and restitution in the range of six thousand dollars."

Taylor was charged in May of 2012 with first-degree sex abuse...Measure 11 charges that could have put him behind bars for over six years.

Taylor resigned from the Klamath Falls City Council two months later.

Taylor's plea came just four days before his trial was scheduled to begin in Benton County. 

Taylor will be required to undergo sex offender evaluation and treatment, and register as a sex offender.

Prosecutors say they accepted the plea agreement because the victim's parents wanted to spare their child from having to testify.


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Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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