Victim of Miami U. officer convicted of sex crime speaks out

Victim of Miami U. officer convicted of sex crime speaks out

A former Miami University police officer is behind bars, but his sentencing for gross sexual imposition and abduction involving and his co-worker has been rescheduled for next month.

Dustin Young, 36, of Trenton, was indicted in April by a Butler County grand jury for gross sexual imposition, kidnapping and two counts of abduction. Young was found guilty of two felony charges — gross sexual imposition and one count of abduction — in October following a bench trial before Butler County Common Pleas Judge Michael Oster.

Sentencing was scheduled for Monday, but Young’s attorney Daniel Haughey requested a continuance so that the judge could consider more than 20 letters of support for Young that have been turned over to the court.

Haughey also requested Young be evaluated for placement into a community corrections facility when sentenced. Young faces up to 4½ years in prison.

Butler County Assistant Prosecutor Kelly Heile objected to the continuance.

“The victim is prepared to go forward and at a minimum asks that she be permitted to speak today to get this over with knowing that it will never be fully over for her … it has been six weeks since the court rendered its verdict and at this point she would ask that the court proceed,” Heile said.

Oster granted the continuance until Dec. 13, but revoked Young’s bond and he was taken away in handcuffs.

The victim, who said she is the mother of daughters, read a statement to the judge outlining how she and her family have been affected by Young’s crimes.

“There are no words that describe the emotional, physical and mental anguish,” the woman said, noting her young daughter is now fearful someone might hurt her because “someone hurt mommy.”

The woman said Young was a police officer who is held to a higher standard.

“He abused that authority,” she said.

The woman said she continues to have difficulty sleeping and eating and has received threats through social media. She still has to work in the room where she was assaulted, the woman said.

“I no longer trust anyone,” she said. “I cannot put a value on our losses, they will be lifelong.”

Young, who was a sergeant, resigned from the department on Jan. 11, ending his 15-year career. He was placed on administrative leave on Nov. 22, 2016, according to an internal report reviewed by this news outlet.

Young pulled the woman into his lap and touched her crotch and pinned her against a locker, according to court records. The crimes occurred between Aug. 1 and Nov. 12, 2016, according to the indictment.

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