A man being held on an out-of-state warrant for second-degree child molestation from Missouri is under investigation for a Burke County sexual assault.
Eric Thomas Taylor, 39, of 2810 Hilltop Ave. Lot 2 in Morganton , was arrested Monday on an out-of-state fugitive warrant from Cape Firardeau County Sheriff’s Office in Jackson, Missouri, according to a release from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office.
Taylor’s arrest came after deputies responded to a sexual assault call at Carolinas HealthCare Systems Blue Ridge-Morganton, the release said. A woman told police she was a victim of a sexual assault by Taylor.
Several search warrants have been executed in the Burke County investigation, which is continuing with possible charges against Taylor, according to the release.
In one of the search warrants filed, investigators said the victim told them she met Taylor and went back to his home.
She laid on the couch in the living room at his house and fell asleep. When she woke up, Taylor’s hand was under her shirt and he was groping her breast, the warrant said. The victim said she told Taylor to stop.
The victim told investigators Taylor took her to the bedroom and pulled her shorts off before sexually assaulting her. She said Taylor poured isopropyl alcohol on her vaginal area, according to the warrant.
A bottle of isopropyl alcohol was seized during the execution of the search warrant on Monday, according to court documents.
Taylor had his first court appearance for extradition to Missouri on the second-degree child molestation charge.
When he was asked if he wanted to fight extradition or waive his right to extradition proceedings, he said there was only one thing he could say.
“Man, I’m dead in this,” Taylor said.
Taylor has previous North Carolina convictions of second-degree kidnapping, sexual battery, assault on a female and larceny from a person, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety website.
Taylor’s bond was set at $2 million secured with a condition that, should he post bond, he can’t have contact with children. His next court date is set for Aug. 2.