The attorney for the man accused of stalking two women of the cloth at a Tenderloin soup kitchen said his client didn’t want “nun.”
Dion Taylor, 44, was described by Deputy Public Defender Doug Welch as a chronically homeless man who might have acted bizarrely, but never intended to harm the French nuns who run the soup kitchen at 54 Turk St.
In the days leading up to his arrest, Taylor spooked the nuns during incidents that included asking to sleep with and kiss them, leaning inappropriately against their van and urinating as the pair walked past him, said attorneys in the case.
Upon his arrest about 11:30 p.m. Nov. 18, a cop said he saw Taylor peering into a window at the soup kitchen with his pants pulled down far enough to expose his pubic area but not his genitals, prosecutors said.
Both Taylor and his attorney told The San Francisco Examiner the nuns have the wrong idea.
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.
In a jailhouse letter to The San Francisco Examiner, Taylor also proclaimed his innocence. He addressed several allegations, including the public urination.
“I then turned my back to them, not revealing or exposing my body parts to them,” Taylor wrote. “Afterwards, I walked away.”
Taylor has pleaded not guilty to two counts of stalking. Welch believes his client was having mental health issues at the time of the alleged incidents. However, Taylor was found competent to stand trial. A jury trial is scheduled to begin March 23.
Prosecutors said the judge decided during a preliminary hearing the charges were warranted.
“We presented evidence where the honorable Judge Bruce Chan found sufficient evidence to hold Mr. Taylor on every crime we charged him with,” Assistant District Attorney Omid Talai said.
Taylor has been sentenced to prison four times, including for criminal threats in 1997 and dealing crack in 2009, prosecutors said.