Trial Opens For Teen Accused Of Assault (Oakland Press)

The Oakland Press Article

By Ann Zaniewski

of the Oakland Press

A trial opened Thursday for a 16-year-old from Wixom accused of assaulting a peer and charged with crimes that could land him in prison upon conviction.

Joseph Younger’s attorney says the allegations simply aren’t true.  On Sept. 22, 2009, the alleged victim and another teenage boy went to Younger’s apartment in Wixom to play video games.  They then started playing a prisoner-of-war-role playing game, said defense attorney Dan Ambrose.  The alleged victim told police he was choked, spit on, beaten and threatened with a knife.

Assistant Prosector Betsy Hage said the evidence will show that Younger is guilty of unlawful imprisonment, second-degree sexual conduct, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and assault with a dangerous weapon.

Ambrose says the physical evidence does not match the alleged victim’s account of what happened.  He said the teen was worried he’d get in trouble with his parents for being late and made up a story about what happened.

Ambrose also said the teen’s description of the details of the alleged crimes has changed multiple times.

The first victim to take the stand was the victim’s mother.  She said on Sept. 22 her son came home late and was missing his shoes and glasses.

“He looked as though he’d been beat up,” the mother said.

The trial will continue today before Oakland Probate Judge Linda Hallmark.

Ambrose said the third teen who was present that night entered guilty pleas to three charges and was given a blended juvenile adult sentence.

You can locate the actual article on page A-9 of The Oakland Press

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