New Smyrna Beach cops: Man, 59, arrested after he's allegedly caught sexually assaulting 5-year-old boy

Photos for Headline Surfer / John Young, 59, is shown above in his booking mug after his arrest on felony charges of lewd and lascivious acts on a child.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- A 5-year-old boy was sexually assaulted by a 59-year-old friend of the boy's family after he was allegedly caught, leading to the arrest Wednesday night of John Young, who was being held without bail in the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach.

Here is a synopsis of what happened in the 7:40 p.m. incident as told by New Smyrna Beach Police Lt. Shane Riggle in a news release to Headline Surfer: "Police officers were dispatched to Florida Memorial Hospital at 401 palmetto St. in reference to a sex offense. When police arrived, they learned from a witness that a 5 year-old boy allegedly fell victim to lewd acts by a family friend they were just visiting. The boy was enticed with food out of sight for just a few moments when the act allegedly occurred. When the boy’s guardian went to check on him, she observed Mr. Young performing a lewd act on the boy. She immediately grabbed the boy and left Mr. Young’s residence. She pulled into the hospital to call police." 

New Smyrna Beach Police Lt Shane Riggle / Headline SurferHere is a synopsis of what happened in the 7:40 p.m. incident as told by New Smyrna Beach Police Lt. Shane Riggle, shown here at left, in a news release to Headline Surfer:

"Police officers were dispatched to Florida Memorial Hospital at 401 palmetto St. in reference to a sex offense. When police arrived, they learned from a witness that a 5 year-old boy allegedly fell victim to lewd acts by a family friend they were just visiting. The boy was enticed with food out of sight for just a few moments when the act allegedly occurred. When the boy’s guardian went to check on him, she observed Mr. Young performing a lewd act on the boy. She immediately grabbed the boy and left Mr. Young’s residence. She pulled into the hospital to call police."

A short time later, Young was located at his home and was placed under arrest on a felony charge of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 12, Riggle said, adding, Young was subsequently transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach where he was being held without bail.

If anyone has had contact with this man and believes foul play may have occurred or have any information in reference to this accident, please contact New Smyrna Beach Police Investigator Nicki Diffin at 386-402-2248. 

 
 
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