An East Berlin man entered guilty pleas Monday in Adams County Court to corruption of minors and recklessly endangering another person in exchange for a probationary sentence.
Christian Young, 18, pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor offenses through a negotiated plea agreement that calls for five years of probation, court officials said Monday.
Young is not required to register as a sex offender as a result of the guilty pleas, Adams County Chief Public Defender Kristin Rice noted.
When Adams County Court of Common Pleas Judge Shawn Wagner imposed the probationary sentence, it included sex offender and mental health conditions, according to court records.
Young was originally charged with recklessly endangering another person, corruption of minors, and two counts each of indecent assault by forcible compulsion, harassment, and indecent assault of a person without their consent, charging documents filed Feb. 19 show.
The affidavit of probable cause described two incidents with 15-year-old and 18-year-old female students.
The mother of a 15-year-old girl told state police on Jan. 23 she received a phone call from a local high school advising her that her daughter was “sexually assaulted by the defendant,” the affidavit indicated.
The victim told state police the following day at the Gettysburg Barracks what allegedly occurred in her bedroom, the affidavit read.
Two weeks prior, Young went to the minor’s home to talk to her about her friend, according to the affidavit. During the conversation, “she felt as though he was always standing in her way,” information in the affidavit indicated.
Young “picked her up and threw her on her bed,” “got on top of her and spread her legs apart,” she alleged, according to the affidavit. The victim “punched him,” and he “tried to grab her” as she moved away, according to the affidavit.
The victim went to the door to leave, but Young “came up from behind her and pushed it shut,” the affidavit read. Young “wrapped his arms around her and touched her” backside, the affidavit indicated. Young then “took his shirt off and lied down on her bed,” and the victim told him to leave, according to the affidavit.
When state police interviewed Young at school, he said he and the minor had “just sat down and watched TV,” the affidavit read.
He denied touching her the way she described or taking off his shirt, according to the affidavit. Young said he touched the minor’s backside when he hugged her goodbye, according to the affidavit. Young said he apologized to her the next day, the affidavit read.
An 18-year-old female told police in an interview at school Feb. 4 about another encounter with Young.
The victim said Young reached under her clothing and touched her inappropriately while she drove him home one day in October, according to the affidavit.
Every time Young touched her, “she kept reaching down to move his hands away” and said, “she almost crashed the car because of it,” the woman alleged in the affidavit.
The victim said Young tried to touch her “over 10 times and actually touched her five or six times,” according to the affidavit. She noted Young apologized afterward, and she “blocked” him “on everything and hasn’t spoken with him since,” according to the affidavit.
In Young’s interview with police, he told them he touched the victim once in the vehicle and stopped when she told him to, according to the affidavit.