A 36-year-old Springfield man is facing a gross sexual imposition charge after police say he forced a girl younger than 12-years-old to touch him inappropriately.
A not guilty plea was entered in Clark County Municipal Court for William Young Jr. on Monday morning.
According to court documents, Springfield police officers were originally dispatched to a home on Warder Street on a disorderly call around 11:15 a.m. on April 5.
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It then that the 9-1-1 caller told officers about the alleged abuse between Young and the young girl.
An affidavit says, ‘Officers spoke with Mr. Young who admitted to having a problem and needing help….Mr. Young waived his rights and admitted to officers he did have child victim 1 touch his genitalia in an inappropriate manner for sexual gratification.’
Police said Young was arrested without any trouble, and once he was at police headquarters he again admitted to abusing the child.
This news organization is not naming the victim to protect her identity.
Young was clearly emotional in court — many times he spoke to the judge with his head down and at times started to cry.
The charge of gross sexual imposition is a third-degree felony and carries a potential penalty of between 12-60 months in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
Young does not have a previous criminal record, besides this latest charge.
Judge Thomas Trempe set Young’s bond at $10,000.
It was not immediately clear when Young’s next court date will be.
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