Beaufort man accused of molesting 7-year-old girl

loberle@beaufortgazette.comApril 29, 2014 

Cleveland Young

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A Beaufort man accused of molesting a 7-year-old girl on several occasions was arrested nearly four months after the alleged crimes were reported because authorities could not find him, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Cleveland Young, 49, was arrested April 21 on charges of criminal sexual conduct with a minor. His then-girlfriend's 7-year-old granddaughter accused him of molesting her, according to a Sheriff's Office report.

The 52-year-old woman took her granddaughter to Beaufort Memorial Hospital on Jan. 8 after the girl told her that Young, the woman's live-in boyfriend, had touched her "private parts" on three occasions, according to the report.

Young denied the accusations, the report said.

During a forensics interview with the minor Jan. 23 at Hope Haven of the Lowcountry, the girl said Young came into the room she shared with her two brothers after they were asleep and molested her.

She said Young also molested her three other times while she slept on a couch in the front room of her grandmother's home, pulling down her pajama bottoms and touching her.

A warrant issued Feb. 18 charged Young with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Deputies attempted to find Young at the residence he shared with the woman, but he had left, the report said.

The report did not say why Young was still living with the woman, but did say the victim had not been to the home since the alleged crimes were reported.

"Attempts to locate Young were unsuccessful, as he had moved from his last known address to an unknown location," Sgt. Robin McIntosh said.

A deputy spotted Young in a blue Jeep Cherokee on April 21 at a gas station on Trask Parkway in Beaufort, according to the report.

He is being held for prosecution at the Beaufort County Detention Center. Bond information was not available.

Follow reporter Laura Oberle at twitter.com/IPBG_Laura.

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