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District of Arizona


Navajo Man Convicted Of Sexually Abusing Three Children

            PHOENIX – Billy C. Young, 61, of Kayenta, Ariz., a member of the Navajo Nation, was found guilty by a federal jury of two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a minor, one count of sexual abuse and one count of sexual abuse of a minor. The case was tried before U.S. District Judge Stephen M. McNamee from Jan. 7 through Jan. 15, 2014.  Young is being held in custody pending his sentencing set on March 31, 2014. 

            The evidence at trial showed that Young molested three different girls on the Navajo Nation, all under the age of 15 years old, over a 25 year period.  The victims testified that Young either vaginally or anally penetrated them with his finger while they were sleeping. 

            A conviction for aggravated sexual abuse of a minor carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 30 years and a maximum penalty of life in prison, a $250,000.00 fine or both.

            The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The prosecution was handled by Christine Keller and Sharon Sexton, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

CASE NUMBER:                  CR-13-8084-PCT-SMM
RELEASE NUMBER:           2014-003_Young

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Updated January 7, 2015