North Carolina Sunday School Teacher Sentenced To 87 Years In Prison

Johnathan David Young

A Johnston County Sunday School teacher convicted of rape, sexual offenses against a minor, and taking indecent liberties with children will spend at least 87 years in prison.

On Monday, a jury convicted Johnathan David Young, 38, of multiple counts of rape, sex offense, and taking indecent liberties with children. Superior Court Judge George B. Collins sentenced him to a minimum of 87 years and a maximum of 109 years in prison.

David Young met the girls while attending and serving as a Sunday School teacher at Firstborn Baptist Church in Benson, North Carolina, for several years.

Complaints against Young, involving two underage girls, dated back to 2003, and investigators had been looking into the incidents since 2014.

At that time, Young was charged with six charges of first-degree rape of a child, three charges of statutory rape, two charges of a first-degree sexual offense, and two charges of indecent liberties with a child.

“Thankfully, this sexual predator will never again be able to harm another child,” said Paul Jackson, the county’s senior assistant district attorney.

After a two-week trial and hearing first count testimony from two of the victims, the jury was convinced that Young was guilty.

For more on this story, please consider these sources:

  1. Baptist Church ‘sexual predator’ sentenced to 87+ years for child sex crimes in Benson: DA – CBS 17
  2. ‘He got what he deserves:’ Sexual abuse survivor speaks out after Sunday school teacher sentenced to 87 years – WRAL News
  3. North Carolina Sunday school teacher convicted of rape, other sexual crimes – Fox News
  4. Former Sunday school teacher gets up to 109 years for sexual crimes – WWAY
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