GALVESTON – Galveston
County District Attorney Jack Roady announced today that Douglas Harry Young,
60, was sentenced today to 60 years in prison for Aggravated Sexual Assault of
a Disabled Person.
trial began in the 212th District Court on Monday, October 16, 2017. Over the
course of the three day trial, the State detailed the abuse Young committed
against the victim. The victim is a severely handicapped adult female who has
the mental capacity of a four to six year old child.
revealed that on July 23, 2016, the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office received
a complaint about a sexual assault that had recently taken place. The victim
told her caregiver that while at Young’s residence, he touched her and the two
had sex. During the police investigation, which included interviews with both
the victim and Young, officers learned that Young had been secretly having sex
with the victim for years. Young had dated the victim’s mother and lived with
them prior to the victim’s mother dying. Young testified, admitting to the
secret sexual relationship with the victim. He also testified that the sexual
relationship began in 2009.
The jury heard
closing arguments Tuesday afternoon and retired to deliberate. They returned
with a guilty verdict, after deliberating for less than 40 minutes. The
punishment phase began this morning. Young faced a punishment range of 5 to 99
years, or life, in prison. He was also eligible for probation because he had no
prior felony convictions.
punishment phase, the State presented evidence of that on the day the abuse was
reported Young was arrested for Disorderly Conduct, Public Intoxication, and
Retaliation. The victim’s family testified, telling the jury that this has
changed the victim. She is no longer the trusting, happy, carefree person she
deliberated for about an hour before returning shortly after lunch with its
verdict. The jury set Young’s punishment at 60 years, in the Institutional
Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Young will have to serve
at least one-half of his sentence before being eligible for parole. Once
released he will be required to register as a Sex Offender for life.
was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Candice Freeman and Rebekah
Saunders in the 212th District Court, with Judge Patricia Grady presiding. The
investigation was conducted by the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.