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Dounglas Harry Young

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.

Young’s jury 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.

Testimony 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.

During the 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 once was. 

The jury 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.

Young 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.

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