Brent Taylor, Fredericksburg detective, pleads guilty to solicitation

Taylor's entire six year sentence was suspended by a judge. (Photo: Fredericksburg Police Department)

The lead detective with the Fredericksburg Police Department is now officially a convicted felon and off the force, but he's not behind bars.

On Monday, 47-year-old Brent Taylor pleaded guilty to charged of soliciting a teenage boy for sex, stemming from a January incident in which he repeatedly had sex with a 17-year-old boy. However, a judge suspended Taylor's entire 6-year prison sentence.

During the case, the teenage victim refused to participate in the prosecution and Taylor's attorney stressed that the teen was a willing participant.

On Jan. 6, prosecutors say that Taylor used the site to get together with the teenage victim. The web site facilitates hook-ups. After driving to Fairfax County in an unmarked car to pick him up, they had sex at a Motel 6 off Route 17.

When Taylor left, the teen got locked out of his room and police picked him up while walking down the highway. They arrested the detective when they returned to the motel.

In Fredericksburg, opinions widely differ on the judge's decision.

"If he is old enough to consent, he is old enough to consent," Fredericksburg resident Dan Reiff said.

However, some think its the wrong move that Taylor is not only spared prison time, but may not even have to register as a sex offender.