After potentially facing life in prison, a 16-year-old convicted of sexual battery will serve no more jail time and is expected to enroll in a treatment program.
Jadyn Young was acquitted Feb. 18 of aggravated child molestation, a charge with a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. He was, however, convicted on two lesser charges, sexual battery, in Superior Court Judge Clint Bearden’s courtroom.
Bearden sentenced Young to five years with the first year in confinement on the first charge and five years of probation on the second charge. Young received credit for his time in jail, and the year in confinement was deemed served.
Young will be subject to the sex offender terms of probation.
Defense attorney David Hoffer said he felt the judge “ended up doing justice in the case” when weighing all of the evidence.
“Potentially, true reconciliation can come out of this case for everyone involved,” Hoffer said.
Assistant District Attorney Shiv Sachdeva said he and Hoffer had agreed to something “a little bit unique” in Young’s case.
Sachdeva said Young needed to get into treatment, but there was no request for additional time in custody.
Bearden and the attorneys discussed what the viable options for treatment were, with the closest residential treatment facility for sex offenders being in South Georgia.
Hoffer said Young showed the “most promise that I have ever seen” in young men he’s encountered and hoped he would not be moved away from his community.
The parties ultimately landed on Project Pathfinder, which is offered through the Children’s Center for Hope and Healing.
“Pathfinder is about turning lives around. It is about working with children who have sexual behavior problems — many of whom have been victimized themselves — and helping them to get back on track in life,” according to the Children’s Center for Hope and Healing website.
Young was also sentenced under the First Offender Act. If he completes all of the terms of his sentence, Young will “stand discharged of said offense without court adjudication of guilt.”
Hoffer previously filed a request to move the case to Juvenile Court, arguing that the court’s resources will “stress things that are important for a kid.”
Bearden denied the request March 14.