Wife gives sobbing support for former Miami U. police officer before his sentencing

A former Miami University police officer was sentenced to 180 days in the Butler County Jail and six months in a locked-down community control center on Wednesday for gross sexual imposition and abduction involving his co-worker.

Dustin Young, 36, of Trenton, was also sentenced to five years of community control and declared a Tier One sex offender.

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Young 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 the two felony charges in October following a bench trial before Butler County Common Pleas Judge Michael Oster. Oster handed down the sentence on Wednesday.

He faced up to 4 1/2 years in prison.

Young’s wife, Amy, spoke on his behalf before the sentencing.

He “woke up every morning and said, ‘Princess, what can I do for you today’” while awaiting trial, she said while sobbing.

Young declined to speak on his own behalf.

Young’s sentencing was first set for November, 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.

In December, Haughey showed up in court along with attorneys Chris Pagan and Jacob Long and filed a motion to request a new trial based on evidence that was not reviewed or used by the defense attorney at trial. The motion for a new trial was denied on Wednesday before sentencing took place.

Young, who was a sergeant, resigned from the department on Jan. 11, 2017, 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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