Laurens woman pleads guilty to sex with a minor boy

Laurens woman
pleads guilty to sex
with a minor boy

Shelly Ann Young, right, pleaded guilty Monday, May, 3, in Otsego County Court. to second degree rape for having sex with a boy under the age of 15.

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

COOPERSTOWN — A Laurens woman pleaded guilty Monday, May 3, in Otsego County Court to having sex with a boy younger than 15.

Shelly Ann Young, 37, accepted a plea deal after being charged with second-degree rape and first-degree dissemination of indecent material to a minor, for an incident that happened in January of 2020.

Young was in court Monday to agree to a deal that will send her to jail on a split sentence, serving 180 days on weekends, from 6 p.m. Fridays to 6 a.m. Mondays, according to Otsego County Judge John Lambert.

“Honestly, it happened fast,” Young said Monday, “and it was a mistake.”

Young said she thought her victim was 16, “but it still don’t make a difference.”

As part of her plea, Young will waive the right to appeal most aspects of her case and must pay fees and surcharges of several thousand dollars.

Lambert renewed an order of protection for the victim and ordered the district attorney to request a victim impact statement from him.

Young will officially be sentenced at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 24, in Lambert’s court in Cooperstown.

7 thoughts on “Laurens woman pleads guilty to sex with a minor boy

  1. Anonymous

    She did not have sex with she raped the child – if it were a man and young girl the headlines would not have a problem saying Rape.

  2. Central

    It’s not “sex with a minor” it’s RAPE. If the victim were a girl, and the perpetrator aan, you’d call it what it is. Stop the double standard!

  3. Yeah_Nope

    Must be nice only getting 180 day work release program instead of the 10+ year sentence a man would have gotten.

  4. Jessica

    And in the story above this one a 28 year old man had sex with a 16 year old girl who lied about her age gets 3 years! WTAF!?

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