Madison County

Indiana man charged in Richmond with sex abuse involving 13-year-old

An Indiana man drove to Richmond to have sex with a 13-year-old girl, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court on Friday.

Kentucky State Police in March arrested James Michael Young, 32, of Fort Wayne, Ind., and charged him with second-degree burglary, first-degree sexual abuse, second-degree sodomy, six counts of possessing matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance, and six counts of use of a minor in a sexual performance.

Although Young was arrested on state charges, federal officials are taking over the case because it involved knowingly traveling in interstate commerce for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with another person, authorities said.

Young was arrested after state police responded to a complaint of a suspicious vehicle on Jessica Circle in Richmond. A woman told police that Young had been inside the bedroom occupied by her 13-year-old granddaughter.

Young later told police that he had met the girl on a Web page called and had corresponded with her. The two had sent lewd photos of themselves to each other, according to an affidavit filed by FBI Special Agent Kimberly Hill Kidd in U.S. District Court in Lexington.

The two had engaged in sexual contact after Young drove from Fort Wayne to Richmond, according to Hill's affidavit. The girl told police that she had removed the screen from her bedroom window and had opened the window for Young to get inside the house, the affidavit said.

Young left the house when the grandmother informed the girl that police had been called about a suspicious vehicle, the affidavit said.

Three cell phones, a laptop computer and a computer tower were seized during searches at the grandmother's home in Richmond and Young's mother's home in Fort Wayne, the affidavit said.

Young remains in the Madison County jail in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond.

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