Probation Officer Charged with Rape

A Venango County probation officer is accused of raping and sexually assaulting two women he was supervising.

39-year-old Marc Taylor of Knox in Clarion County allegedly raped the women while they were on house arrest in 2009 and 2010, according to papers filed in District Judge Douglas Dinberg’s office. Charges were filed Tuesday by Oil City Police following an eight-month investigation.

Taylor is charged with felony counts of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, institutional sexual assault and bribery, along with misdemeanor counts of obstruction of administration of law and official oppression.

Taylor is free on $40,000 bail and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

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