A Cloquet man has been found not guilty of sexually assaulting a teenager last year.
A Carlton County jury on Friday, Aug. 13, acquitted Timothy Scott Young Jr., 38, of charges of first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct after a five-day trial.
Young, who was previously convicted of a similar offense in Douglas County, Wisconsin, was charged by warrant in November. He was arrested in the state of Washington in early January before being transported back to Carlton County.
The charges alleged that Young knew the victim, who was 14 years old at the time. The alleged incident took place in April 2020, a criminal complaint said, and the girl told police Young threatened to hurt her if she told anyone.
The girl reported the alleged assault to her guardian. The complaint stated that, instead of reporting it to police, he told her if she wanted the assault reported she needed to do it herself.
The incident was first reported to law enforcement in August 2020 and during an interview, the girl's guardian confirmed that she and Young knew each other and that he observed them alone on a number of occasions. He also confirmed the girl reported the assault to him, but he failed to notify law enforcement and had told her to report it herself, the complaint said.
Young, when interviewed by police, acknowledged spending time along with the girl but denied sexually assaulting her.
While acquitted on the newer charges, Young remains in custody of the Carlton County Jail. In a separate case, he pleaded guilty in March to a felony count of failing to follow predatory offender registration requirements. He faces sentencing in that case Sept. 15.
Records show that Young in 2007 was convicted of second-degree sexual assault of a child in Douglas County. He was sentenced to five years of probation and required to complete sex offender programming, among other conditions. The conviction also requires him to continue to register as a predatory offender.