On Thursday, July 15, Robert Youngs, 36, of Circleville, pleaded guilty before Orange County Court Judge William L. DeProspo to four felonies involving child sex crimes.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler’s staff will recommend that Youngs be sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison in connection with the top charge of Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child.
Youngs pleaded guilty to predatory sexual assault against a child, use of a child in a sexual performance, promoting a sexual performance by a child and possessing a sexual performance of a child.
The district attorney said Youngs admitted that between June 1, 2014, and April 11, 2015, he engaged in two or more acts of sexual contact with a child less than thirteen years old.
He also admitted possessing a computer file of a child of less than sixteen years of age engaging in a sexual performance, directing or promoting a performance of a child less than seventeen years of age that included sexual contact, and inducing a child less than seventeen years of age to engage in a sexual performance, which he photographed.
Youngs was arrested Oct. 30, 2019. He was arrested after a hotline call to the New York Central Registry in 2018 set off the investigation.
Youngs is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 14.