Buffalo Man Sentenced For Child Molestation

June 8, 2011 Updated Jun 8, 2011 at 4:16 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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June 8, 2011 Updated Jun 8, 2011 at 4:16 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW)- Phillip Young, 44, of Buffalo received 16 years behind bars- with 20 years post supervision- for sexually molesting a 13-year-old boy.

"He admitted all the acts, all the instances in indictment. He did not want to go to trial because he knew the victim would have to go through cross examination, and he didn't want to put the victim through this ordeal," Defense Attorney Robert Johnson said.

Young was the caseworker for the boy when he was employed with the Buffalo Urban League.

Brenda McDuffie, President and CEO of the Urban League told Eyewitness News in a previous interview that, "My Brother's keeper was closed down rather abruptly and they asked the Urban League to take over the cases. He was one of the people missed. At that time, we didn't do annual reviews and he was a person that fell through the cracks at that time.

Assistant District Attorney Marni Bogart said this is not Young's first run-in with this kind of trouble.

"The defendant has a criminal history solely of crimes against children," Bogart said.

Defense Attorney Robert Johnson said the entire situation is complicated.

"This is tragic, of course for the victim, my client, the Buffalo Urban League," Johnson said.

Young was convicted of sodomy of a child in 1995 and enticing a child for sexual purposes in 2007.

"He was offered sexual offender treatment. He did not complete it. He said today that he wanted help but our stance was that ship had sailed," Bogart said.

The victim's mother spoke in court saying that the assault on her son affected him deeply. Young also addressed the court, apologizing to the victim and his family.

"He stood up said it was wrong and he needs help," Johnson said.

The Buffalo Urban League confirmed with Eyewitness News that there is future pending litigation, and can not comment on that at this time.