Groomsman jailed for sleeping with young bridesmaid


A 29-year-old groomsman was sent to jail after having sex with the 15-year-old bridesmaid he escorted down the aisle during a wedding in Pennsylvania.

In September of 2016, John Sylvester Young was charged with statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors for having sex with a 15-year-old. Young was paired off with the teen bridesmaid and the two continued to spend time together during the remainder of the reception.

Police said it was there that Young fed the girl alcoholic drinks, kissed her and touched her.

The night of the ceremony, members of the wedding party stayed at a hotel.  Authorities reported the victim went to Young’s hotel room around 4 a.m. where they proceeded to have intercourse.

A relative of the 15-year-old girl, who also attended the wedding, approached Young in October about the incident.  Young confessed to spending the night with the youngster.   In addition, Young also confessed to police that the teen sent him nude pictures through Snapchat at his request.

In November, the girl was diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease and told police she had not been sexually active with anyone aside from Young.

Charges were filed against Young in January and he was recently sentenced to 23 months in jail, which will be followed by five years of probation.

He’s also required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and is not allowed to contact the victim.

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