Friday, April 09, 1999

Ex-firefighter pleads guilty in attempt to abduct girl

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Within hours after his arrest last fall, Maurice Young admitted he tried to kidnap a 7-year-old girl.

        Prosecutors say he told police how he loaded his car with latex gloves, tape and nylon rope so he could abduct the girl and take “nude photos of her.”

        Mr. Young admitted it all again Thursday when he stood before a Hamilton County judge and pleaded guilty to seven felony charges.

        “He admits his culpability in each and every offense,” said Mr. Young's attorney, Thomas Miller.

        The plea means that the former Cincinnati firefighter will face up to 52 years in prison when he returns to Common Pleas Court May 7 for sentencing.

        Mr. Young, 41, signed the plea deal after prosecutors agreed to drop specifications to the charges that could have added several more years to his maximum sentence.

        When asked by Judge Thomas Crush if he agreed the plea was the right thing to do, Mr. Young answered, “Yes, sir.”

        Before accepting the deal, the judge heard prosecutors describe how they believe Mr. Young prepared a “rape kit” the morning he grabbed the girl from an Avondale sidewalk on Oct. 30.

        Assistant prosecutor Steve Adams said the abduction began at 6:20 a.m. when Mr. Young stopped his red Cadillac, jumped out and wrapped his arms around the girl.

        When the girl began to scream, Mr. Adams said, Mr. Young shouted “Shut up little girl” and shoved a sock into her mouth.

        As neighbors rushed to the girl's aid, Mr. Young crouched over her in the back seat of the car. Mr. Adams said the neighbors tackled Mr. Young and struck him with an umbrella to stop him from driving away.

        At the police station, Mr. Adams said, the defendant told detectives he intended to take the girl back to his apartment to take photos of her in the nude.

        He said investigators later found a pillowcase in his car filled with rope and other items. At his apartment, he said, police found photos of children clipped from magazines and downloaded from the Internet.

        The charges against Mr. Young include kidnapping, attempted rape and felonious assault.


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