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A fifth-grade teacher in Missouri, already being held on charges he molested a child in his care three years ago, faces new charges that he hired a hitman to kill the child.

Deonte Taylor, a 36-year-old fifth-grade teacher in the Ferguson-Florissant, Mo., school district, was already in jail, accused of having molested the boy three years ago, when authorities hit Taylor with the new charges.

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Taylor was first arrested in November after DNA evidence linked him to a sexual assault three years before on a then 7-year-old boy who was in one of his classes, Newsweek reported.

While being held in jail awaiting trial on those charges, Taylor convinced his 66-year-old boyfriend, Michael Johnson, to pay a man to kill the child and his family, prosecutors say.

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Both Taylor and Johnson have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit murder and attempting to tamper with a victim in a felony prosecution.

Taylor also faces charges of first-degree statutory sodomy, accused of taking the 7-year-old from class at the elementary school where he worked and to another room where the boy performed oral sex on him, officials say.