Christopher Young

Christopher Young booking mugshot. Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.

EBENSBURG – A Johnstown man who was convicted by a jury last year of sexually assaulting a woman was sentenced on Thursday to spend four to 10 years in state prison.

Christopher Darnell Young Jr., 35, had been convicted by a Cambria County jury in October of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault. The charges were filed after a woman told police that he assaulted her at his Maple Avenue home after they left a bar on Jan. 13, 2017.

Judge Patrick T. Kiniry imposed the four- to 10-year state prison sentence on the involuntary deviate sexual intercourse charge and shorter, concurrent state prison sentences on the other three charges. The judge also sentenced Young to three years’ state probation after his release from prison.

The victim in the case testified during Young’s sentencing hearing on Thursday, delivering a statement in which she talked about how the assault “has impacted my life tremendously for the past three years.”

The court also heard testimony on Thursday from Young’s mother about the slew of serious medical conditions from which Young suffers, including a kidney-related disorder, a hearing impairment, lung damage and hepatitis C. 

He must wear an oxygen mask 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and undergo four hour-long dialysis sessions three times per week, she said.

Kiniry recommended that Young be taken initially to SCI-Laurel Highlands, in Somerset County, which is the Department of Corrections’ provider for inmates with special medical needs, rather than to SCI-Camp Hill, near Harrisburg, which is the Department of Corrections’ “diagnostic and classification center” for men entering the state prison system.

The judge said that Young did not meet the criteria for classification as a sexually violent predator, according to an evaluation by the state Sexual Offenders Assessment Board. 

However, upon his release from prison, he will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Mark Pesto is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at @MarkPesto.

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