Ancestry.com co-founder charged with sexually abusing 15-year-old girl
UTAH COUNTY, Utah — A co-founder of Ancestry.com has been charged with sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl last year.
Daniel D. Taggart, 50, of Highland, Utah, is charged with two counts of felony object rape, felony forcible sodomy, second-degree felony forcible sexual abuse, two counts of third-degree felony dealing in harmful materials to a minor and two counts of misdemeanor supplying alcohol to a minor.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Taggart’s daughter had the 15-year-old friend sleep over at the family’s home in the summer of 2014. Charging documents say Taggart supplied the girls with alcohol while they played games. He allegedly gave the victim shot glasses and sex toys as prizes for games they were playing.
After Taggart’s daughter fell asleep, Taggart turned on a pornographic video and sexually assaulted the victim, according to the charges.
A short time later, the girl again stayed at Taggart’s home and he again allegedly gave her alcohol, played the pornographic video and sexually assaulted her, charges state.
Taggart’s daughter confirmed the details of incidents that happened while she was awake.
Taggart was placed in the Utah County Jail under a $25,000 bond.
In 1997, Taggart co-founded the genealogy company Ancestry.com. He served as president of the company for about one year, according to his LinkedIn profile.
He is currently the CEO of CubbyCode Inc. and of Kringles Toys and Gifts, according to LinkedIn.