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Co-Founder of Ancestry.com Charged with Sexual Abuse of Daughter’s Friend

March 25, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Co-Founder of Ancestry.com  Charged with Sexual Abuse of Daughter’s Friend

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The co-founder of Ancestry.com is facing rape charges after his 15-year-old daughter’s friend accused him of sexually abusing her during a sleepover at his home.

Police say Daniel D. Taggart, 50, gave his daughter and her friend alcohol, then engaged in inappropriate card games where prizes were handed out, including shot glasses and sex toys, during the June sleepover at his home in Highland County, Ohio.

After Taggart’s daughter fell asleep, he put on pornographic movies and sexually assaulted her. The victim alleges a second incident occured again in July, when Taggart again gave the 15-year-old girl alcohol, turned on pornography movies and sexually assaulted her a second time.

Taggart is facing multiple charges including two counts of object rape, one count of forcible sodomy, second-degree forcible sexual abuse, two counts of third-degree dealing in harmful materials to a minor, and two counts of supplying alcohol to a minor.

Police suspect that there could be other victims and are further investigation Taggart. Although he admitted to partaking in the card games during the sleepover, he denied taking part in the allegations of sexual abuse the victim is alleging.

Taggart’s daughter confirmed the events that occurred while she was awake.

A spokesman for Ancestory.com reiterated Taggart has not been involved with the company for a number of years.

Taggart is currently in the custody of the Utah County Jail.

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