East Kentwood Student Rejects Plea Offer, Charged with Rape of Female Athlete

Jaylen Anthony Young, a 17-year-old student and athlete at East Kentwood High School, has been charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old female student and athlete at the school. Young was offered a plea deal, but rejected it. He is charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with the incident, which police say occurred on the campus of the school in a secluded room. Prosecutors in the case offered to drop one of the charges if Young would plead guilty to the other, but he declined. 1195993_learn_english_1.jpg

According to a news article at Mlive.com, the alleged rape took place on March 26 of this year. The defendant admitted having sex with the girl against her will, according to Kent County Sheriff’s deputies. Young is a track athlete and backup quarterback at the high school; the alleged victim is also involved in track at the school.

The victim’s grandmother alerted school administrators of the alleged assault on April 1, telling a track coach that the incident had been reported to police. The news article indicated that Young and the alleged victim live only a few blocks from one another. In 2011 an incident occurred involving the same girl according to Young, who readily admitted the incident and told investigators that the case was referred to juvenile court; however, court officials said there is no criminal record of the 2011 incident.

According to the victim, on March 26 Young led her inside the high school building following a team track practice; he proceeded to take her to what she described as a “secluded location,” where he made advances toward her and ultimately sexually assaulted her. If convicted, Young could possibly face life in prison. He was slated to begin his senior year this fall.

Third-degree criminal sexual conduct is a very serious offense, as all experienced Michigan sex crime lawyers are aware. It is always a tragedy when an individual who is only 17 years old faces possible life imprisonment. News articles indicate that attorneys will continue to negotiate between now and September, when it is believed the jury trial will begin.


If you have been accused of any sex offense no matter how minor or serious it may seem, do not hesitate before contacting a capable Michigan sex crime attorney.