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ROTC adviser lavished gifts on high school student after sexual relations, police report says

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Douglas Young, 49, of Las Vegas is accused of sexual misconduct with a student and was arrested Wednesday by Metro Police, May 23, 2012.

A Sunrise Mountain High School student felt coerced to have sex with her ROTC adviser to advance her military career, according to an arrest report released Thursday.

The ROTC adviser, 49-year-old Douglas Young, was arrested Tuesday by Metro Police on a felony count of sexual misconduct with a student, police said.

Young had been employed by the Clark County School District since September as the ROTC instructor at Sunrise, School District spokeswoman Melinda Malone said. After the allegations surfaced, Young was placed on home assignment with pay pending the superintendent's recommendation for dismissal — standard procedure in cases such as this, Malone said.

The 17-year-old student alerted high school staff about the relationship Tuesday, leading to Young's arrest Wednesday afternoon, the report states.

The girl told detectives she initially considered Young a "great mentor" and became his student aide, police said.

Young allegedly told the student "females must use their sexuality to advance in the military" and suggested she must do the same, according to the arrest report.

After showing the student Nellis Air Force Base one evening, Young allegedly took the student back to his home and gave her alcohol before having sex with her, the report states.

The girl told detectives Young said, "You know what you have to do" before he took her to his bedroom to have sex, the report states. Afterward, Young allegedly drove her to a bank, withdrew money and gave her $300, which she assumed was "hush money," the student told police.

The sexual relationship began in September and continued until April, the report states. Young lavished the girl with food and clothing before having sex with her, police said.

"The student knew it was wrong, but she figured at least she was getting something out of having sex with him," according to the arrest report.

Conversations with a military recruiter made the student realize Young really couldn't help her as he had claimed, the student told police.

Police contacted Young after the student's disclosure, but he told detectives an attorney advised him to not answer questions, according to the report.

Detectives, meanwhile, executed a search warrant at Young's residence and discovered his bedroom was "exactly how the student described."

Young is the second school district employee to be arrested in the past month. In late April, Metro Police arrested 35-year-old Timothy D. Lawson, a teacher and assistant wrestling coach at Cimarron-Memorial High School, in connection with reports of public masturbation.

Lawson was charged with one count of open or gross lewdness and one count of indecent exposure stemming from incidents in June 2011, according to a criminal complaint filed in April.

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  1. "The student knew it was wrong, but she figured at least she was getting something out of having sex with him," according to the arrest report.

    Gotta love the mentality there.

  2. I won't defend Young, he abused his position and should face the consequences.

    I do have to question the girl's motives, though. It seems she had a change of heart only after it was apparent there was no longer any profit for her. It is difficult to see her as being completely innocent (or a complete dupe) in this.

  3. "I do have to question the girl's motives, though. It seems she had a change of heart only after it was apparent there was no longer any profit for her."

    boftx -- excellent point!

    "One has to wonder with all the arrests taking place of trusted public officials, just what in the world is wrong with our screening system."

    BChap -- or what in the world happened to the presumption of innocence? Having once been in such a position I doubt you'd have to stretch your imagination to confirm what a false accusation can do to an innocent man's career.

    "Although the most clear-sighted judges of witches and even the witches themselves were convinced the witches were guilty of witchcraft, no guilt in fact existed. So it is with all guilt." -- Friedrich Nietzsche 1882 "Gay Science"

  4. "Are you insinuating that this girl's statement is untrue?"

    BChap -- you really should stop taking my posts personally

    "Makes you feel ashamed to live in a land where justice is a game." -- Bob Dylan "Hurricane"

  5. "I realize you don't believe evil exists....."

    BChap -- you can only wish you understand me or my motives. Unlike you I have nothing to prove. You should really just chill a bit and stop taking others' opinions so personally.

    Oh, and there really is very little evil. That's just more herdspeak trying to explain the darkness inherent in all mankind.

    "To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson (from "Metamorphosis"?)

  6. "Are you insinuating that this girl's statement is untrue?"

    BChap, all -- I'm reviving this topic. Have a look at "Woman who accused ex-football player of rape unlikely to face charges" @ http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/20...)

    This shows how the police, prosecutors and worse the courts and juries are really little more than tools for a peeved teenage girl's whims. Even when she gets a conscience after ruining a man's life, gets paid well for her lies ($1.5 million from the school), she gets a free pass from the same prosecutors for all of it.

    Our entire criminal "just us" system -- an entire branch of government -- is worse than broken, it's corrupt to the bone. It all needs to be rebooted back to its source code, the Constitutions!

    "The legal system has also been wounded by lawyers who themselves no longer respect the rule of law ..... When lawyers cannot be trusted to observe the fair processes essential to maintaining the rule of law, how can we expect the public to respect the process?" -- the Honorable Edith Jones to Harvard's Federalist Club "American Legal System Is Corrupt Beyond Recognition, Judge Tells Harvard Law School" 2/28/03

  7. Mr. Young is responsible due to his position and the age of the girl. This kind of stuff has been happening since the beginning of public education and no one should be surprised. It will continue until better controls are put in place. I know one thing... I wouldn't want my daughter to attend a public school. It seems sex is all the teachers really know about.

  8. I was in JROTC in high school and it would have been devastating if one of the persons running the program had violated the trust the kids in that program put in them.

    This is a grown man who has retired from the military, he knows better. The girl is 17 and doesn't know anything. Like all teenagers she thinks she knows but we all know she doesn't.