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Teen Issues Warning, Says She Unknowingly Lived with Sex Offender

A teen girl tells KARK she unknowingly lived with a sex offender, because he convinced her mother he was a pastor who could offer her a better life.
Following a KARK 4 investigation, Victoria Alexander reached out to us, saying her mom signed the document that would give Jacob J. Taylor power to oversee Victoria's care in 2011. 

"I knew something wasn't right I knew something wasn't right," Alexander said. 

According to her, she met Taylor outside his Searcy restaurant the week before. She said he claimed to be a member of law enforcement and a man of God.

"He told me he was a North Little Rock policeman and a bishop at a church," she said. 

Alexander recalled Taylor had tracked down her mother and noticed the family struggling with finances; her mother was also battling a drug problem. Taylor offered to bring Alexander to school in Little Rock and pay for her college once she graduated. 

"He knew that when he seen how my mom was -- he fed right off of that. He knew if he put in a better opportunity for me. they were going to turn around and say yes," Alexander said.

Victoria told us she was sent to live with Taylor in his Little Rock home. But on the first night there, she said, a red flag went up in her 15-year-old head.

"I asked him where's my room - where's my bed? He told me we don't have your bed yet," she said. "I had to sleep in the bed with him. I slept in the bed with him."

What Alexander and her mother didn't know, she said, is that Jacob J. Taylor is also Carlos Norwood. Norwood is a Level 3, or high risk, sex offender. 

In 2004, he was convicted on charges from 2003 for forcing a 15-year-old church member, who was also a distant relative, to have sex with him on multiple occasions.

"When I seen he raped a 15-year-old, I said I really was just at the age," Alexander said. "Everything he wanted, I was that."

Police in 2003 also found signs Norwood was impersonating police, citing a badge and security uniform they discovered inside his home.

"I knew for a fact that there was something wrong with him," Alexander said. "But I didn't know what was wrong."

The way the sex offender registry works now, searching for Jacob Taylor wouldn't have revealed his history, because aliases aren't currently published on the website. 

"He never told us he was a sex offender. He never told us his past. He just told us he was a bishop. Everybody knew him as bishop," Alexander said. 

Alexander said Taylor never raped her, because living behind closed doors with him she discovered secrets that she threatened to reveal that would shatter his public profile as a pastor. 

She also began to question his identity after meeting his family, but said no one believed her. 

"I met several of his family members, and they all called him Carlos," she said. "When I tried to tell my mom and family that this man isn't Jacob, that he's not who he said he was, they thought I was just mistaken or making things up." 

While Alexander claimed she got away without being hurt, she is afraid other victims might be out there. 

"That second room had stuff in it for girls. He had stuff for me in that bedroom before I even got there. I knew somebody else had lived there," she said. 

Alexander said she escaped Taylor after he was arrested for theft. That prompted her mother to bring her back home. 

"I don't want this happen to nobody else," she said. "You don't know a person until their identity is shown like this."

Taylor has waived his right to a parole revocation hearing. He'll be headed back to the Arkansas Department of Correction as soon as a bed is available. He'll be eligible for parole in February of 2015. 

Little Rock Police have added a charge of failing to register as a sex offender for Taylor's activities at a local church, and Sherwood Police have charged him with Failure to Appear, according to the Pulaski County Inmate Roster.
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