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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

January 28, 2014

Chicago Man Charged With Sexual Assault Of Two Childrenk


Bond was set at $2 million today for a Chicago man charged with sexually assaulting two children on different occasions while he was a tenant living in the same apartment building as the victims, according to the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez. 

Steven Young, 29, has been charged with Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault (Class X felony), Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse (Class 2 Felony) and Sexual Exploitation of a Child (Class 4 felony) for assaulting a 7-year-old and a 13-year-old at an apartment building on Chicago’s West Side.  If convicted, Young faces up to 60 years in prison. 

According to prosecutors, the two victims and the defendant each lived in separate apartments in the building.  On Jan. 25, 2014, the 13-year-old victim was in Young’s apartment when the defendant fondled the victim and attempted to sexually assault the child.  The victim left Young’s apartment then went home and immediately told his parent.  The victim also told his parent about multiple incidents where the defendant had allegedly sexually assaulted the 7-year-old child as well.  The younger victim had previously told the 13-year-old about the assaults.

The crimes were reported to police immediately and investigators developed information that Young had sexually assaulted the 7-year-old on multiple occasions beginning in September 2013 and continuing through January 2014.

Young appeared in court today at the Leighton Criminal Courts building in Chicago where Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois set the $ 2 million bond and continued the case to Feb. 18, 2014.

The public is reminded that criminal charging documents contain allegations that are not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the state has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

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