SAN FRANCISCO
04/23/2012 04:21 pm ET Updated Apr 23, 2012

Dionn Taylor Sentenced: Local Man Receives Three Years For Allegedly Stalking Nuns In Tenderloin

There are some things you just don’t do, and stalking nuns is one of them.

An alleged stalker has earned a three-year prison sentence after failing to show up for his court date. The man had reportedly been stalking a group of French nuns who run a local soup kitchen in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood.

According to the prosecution, Dionn Taylor, 44, harassed the nuns during a three-day period last November. Incidents included Taylor asking to have sex with and kiss the nuns, urinating as the nuns walked past him and exposing himself from outside the soup kitchen window at night.

However, public defender Doug Welch told the San Francisco Chronicle that the incident was a misunderstanding:

Welch argues Taylor’s gym workout pants were not intentionally pulled down, but rather sagging. When police told the nuns about his low pants, Welch said, they falsely implied he was engaged in sexual behavior and further spooked the women.

And when Taylor asked to sleep with the nun, Welch said his client was asking if he could stay at the soup kitchen

Though Taylor continues to deny he stalked the nuns, he did strike a plea bargain with prosecutors in March. The deal trades a year in county jail rather than a three-year sentence in state prison. Taylor, subsequently, pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary, rather than two counts of stalking.

The judge released Taylor from custody in order to settle his affairs before the trial; however, Taylor did not show up for his court hearing on April 3, violating the terms of his plea bargain.

Two days after missing his court date, Taylor was arrested on drug charges on Leavenworth Street, less than five blocks from the soup kitchen.

He remains in custody and is scheduled to be sentenced on May 2.

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