Alleged nun stalker off to prison 

French nuns who run a Tenderloin soup kitchen have had their prayers answered, authorities said, after their alleged stalker earned a three-year state prison sentence for failing to show up to a court date.

Prosecutors said Dionn Taylor, 44, creeped out the nuns at 54 Turk St. numerous times during a three-day period last November. Alleged incidents included asking to sleep with and kiss them, urinating as they walked past him, and exposing himself from outside the soup kitchen window late at night, according to attorneys in the case.

Though Taylor has vehemently denied stalking the nuns, he struck a deal with prosecutors March 29 that would have him serving a year in County Jail — with credit for time already served — rather than face three years in state prison.

As part of the deal, Taylor pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary instead of two stalking counts, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said Friday.

The judge let Taylor out of custody for the weekend so he could settle his affairs before starting his sentence. That didn’t turn out well, however, when Taylor failed to show up to a subsequent court date, thus violating the terms of the plea agreement.

“Now he’ll be going to actual state prison for three years,” Bastian said.

Police didn’t have to look too far. Two days after missing the April 3 court date, Bastian said, Taylor was arrested on a drug charge near 60 Leavenworth St.

He was detained less than five blocks from the soup kitchen, the prosecutor said. He remains in custody and is scheduled to be sentenced May 2.

His attorney, Deputy Public Defender Doug Welch, has described Taylor as a chronically homeless man who might have acted bizarrely, but never intended to harm the nuns.

Taylor has sent numerous hand-written letters to The San Francisco Examiner professing his innocence in the stalking case.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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