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Navajo Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Sexually Abusing Three Children

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

            PHOENIX– On March 31, 2014, Billy C. Young, 61, of Kayenta, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen M. McNamee to life in prison. Young was found guilty by a federal jury on Jan. 15, 2014, of two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a minor, one count of sexual abuse, and one count of sexual abuse of a minor. 

U.S. Attorney John S. Leonardo stated, “Those who sexually abuse children rob them of their childhood and their innocence.  This sentence ensures that Young will never again have the opportunity to harm another child.” 

            The evidence at trial showed that Young molested three different girls, all under the age of 15 years old, over a 25 year period.   

            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-13-08084-PCT-SMM
RELEASE NUMBER:           2014-019_Young

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Updated January 7, 2015