A longtime Washington, D.C. high school track coach has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for a string of child sex abuse charges related to acts with former students at Dunbar High School.
As reported by the Washington Post, among other outlets, former Dunbar track coach Charles Young was sentenced to 17 and a half years in prison for sexually abusing seven different former Dunbar students who allegedly grew close to him. Young was originally reported by one victim, leading to internal investigations by Dunbar officials, who discovered the additional six victims. All victims were targeted between January 2013 and May 2014, per media reports.
Here’s how the Post described Young’s crimes:
Authorities said Young targeted students who had grown close to him and viewed him as a mentor. He would lure them into his office or a closet, where he performed sexual acts on them. At the time of the abuse, the victims were between the ages of 14 and 17.
Multiple of Young’s victims testified against the coach in his hearing, offering tragic snapshots of just how badly the sexual abuse visited upon them had interrupted their lives and development. Yet none of the critiques of Young were as cutting as the one delivered by Dunbar Principal Stephen Jackson, who originally hired the coach.
“(Dunbar is the) embodiment of wickedness,” Jackson told the court, according to media reports. “This man is a sick, pathetic individual. The lowest form of life imaginable.”