A Pembroke man will serve at least five years in prison for committing a sex crime against an 11-year-old girl in the cafeteria of a Montgomery County elementary school.
Robert Younce, 75, will have to register as a sex offender and be on supervised probation after being released from prison. Younce pleaded no contest to the sexually battery charges in August.
According to prosecutors Younce was a visitor at Margaret Beeks Elementary School on Nov. 27, 2012 when he gave the victim a photo album. The 11-year-old victim was pictured in most of the photos.
Younce went to lunch with the victim’s class and sat next to her. While in the cafeteria, he is accused of touching the girl inappropriately.
He later told Blacksburg police that he had feelings for the girl. Younce began serving the sentence Wednesday.
“At age 74, not only did Younce envision a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship with an 11-year-old child but he chose to act on that in the school cafeteria. Prison is the only way to guarantee that Younce won’t have that opportunity again,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Mary Pettitt wrote in a news release.
Here is the entire news release from the Montgomery County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office:
Robert Dee Younce, 75, of Pembroke, was sentenced today by Judge Marcus Long to serve 15 years in prison for the felony aggravated sexual battery of an 11 year old girl. After serving five years, the remainder of the time will be suspended. He will also be on supervised probation and have to register as a sex offender.
On November 27, 2012, Younce was a visitor at Margaret Beeks Elementary school. He had met the victim multiple times and on the date of the offense he presented the victim with a gift of a photo album in which she was the subject of a majority of the photos. Younce then went to lunch with the victim’s class and seated himself beside her. While sitting there, Younce grabbed her hand and placed it on his crouch. He then squeezed his legs together so that she could not pull her hand away. He repeatedly told her he loved her. A little later, he released her hand but grabbed her leg and placed it between his legs, again using pressure to hold her leg in place. The victim had bruising from the force of Younce holding it. Younce also placed his hand on the victim’s thigh and rubbed near but not on her groin area. Younce admitted to Blacksburg Police that he had emotional feelings for the child and admitted touching her as she stated he had done.
Younce pled no contest and was found guilty of the charge on August 14, 2013. The case was continued to today to allow for a pre-sentence report and psychosexual evaluation to be prepared.
“At age 74, not only did Younce envision a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship with an 11 year old child but he chose to act on that in the school cafeteria. Prison is the only way to guarantee that Younce won’t have that opportunity again,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Mary Pettitt.
Younce began his incarceration today.