Depending upon the U.S. State in which you reside, the age of consent and statutory provisions prohibiting sexual relationships between minors and adults range from 15 – 18. For example, the age for a minor to consent to having sex in Ohio is 18, while in South Carolina it’s 16. The laws are all worded in legalese with a variety of provisions and penalties and definitions from State to State; but the bottom line is that it’s illegal for older adults to have sex with children, as in the case of this 55 year old Ohio man and his 15-year-old female victim. The following case is made more notorious and outrageous due to the fact that the 15-year-old victim’s mother was an accomplice to the illicit act.
Barry L. Youst, 55, of Shadyside, Ohio pleaded guilty in a Columbus, Ohio court today to one count of transportation of an individual for purposes of unlawful sexual activity, after crossing state lines between Ohio and West Virginia to meet a 15-year-old girl.
Details: The mother of the 15-year-old juvenile drove the child from Cadiz, Ohio in July 2010, across the state line to Dallas Pike truck stop in West Virginia, where they met Youst. The mother allowed Youst to drive off with the juvenile to a secluded parking area, where Youst fondled the child. After the incident, Youst paid the mother an undisclosed amount of cash, who in turn gave the child $20.00.
The child’s mother, Robin Newell, was also charged with one count of transportation of an individual for purposes of unlawful sexual activity and was sentenced in June 2011 to 36 months’ imprisonment. She admitted to officers that she had been fueling her drug habit by selling sex to Youst on numerous occasions and that she had taken her child along with her to Dallas Pike, WV sometime in July 2010 to meet withYoust. Newell must register as a sex offender upon her release from prison and must serve five years on supervised release.
Ohio law prohibits an adult from having sexual contact with a child under 16 years of age, when the adult is four or more years older that the child. Specifically:
First-degree rape if actor engages in sexual conduct with person < than 13.
Corruption of a minor if actor is >=18 and victim is aged 13-15;
if actor is less than four years older than victim, the crime is reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor.
Youst was placed on house arrest and will be on electronic monitoring until his sentencing at a later date. He faces up to 10 years’ imprisonment, a fine up to $250,000, and a term of five years on supervised release. Youst will also be required to register as a sex offender.
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