UPDATE: Jury reaches verdict in Young trial

Mercer County

UPDATE: 3/16/18 AT 8:30 P.M. – The jury reached a verdict Friday evening in a sexual assault case in Mercer County.

Larry Young was found not guilty Friday, March 16, 2018.

Young was charged with first degree sexual assault, sexual abuse by a parent or guardian, and first degree sexual abuse.

He was accused of abusing a victim younger than 12 years-old.

ORGINAL STORY: The trial began for a man accused of sexually assaulting a victim who is under the age of 12.

Larry Young was first indicted in 2016 on charges of first degree sexual assault, sexual abuse by parent or guardian, and first degree sexual abuse.

The state began presenting evidence and questioning witnesses Tuesday afternoon. Holly Flanagan, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Mercer County, said there are five more witnesses left to call to the stand.

“We’ll resume testimony around 9 a.m. and we’ve got our different experts coming in,” Flanagan explained.

Due to the young age of the victim, Flanagan took a different approach to questioning the child. Flanagan said she wanted the child to know there was a friend inside the courtroom.

“With this particular child, I met with her several times just to get to know her. We would sit down and make messes. That way, I wasn’t a stranger. I was one familiar face and she knew I was there for her, and I think that helped,” Flanagan said.

The fate of the trial could be decided before the remaining witnesses are called to the stand. There was an issue with the transcription of a recorded statement given by Young. Now, the judge will have to make a decision on whether to rule this case as a mistrial.

The trial will resume on Wednesday at 9 a.m.

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