James Young indicted for first-degree rape in Algiers sexual assault case
August 30, 2019
For Immediate Release

Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Friday (Aug. 30) announced it has secured an indictment against a New Orleans man accused of raping a female acquaintance four months ago in Algiers.

James Young is charged with one count of first-degree rape in the indictment handed up Aug. 29 by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Young, 63, faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if found guilty as charged.

Criminal District Judge Benedict Willard increased Young’s bond amount from $25,000 to $100,000 after the indictment was read.

A 51-year-old woman told New Orleans police that she was drinking alcohol with Young around 9 a.m. on May 3, 2019, near the intersection of General De Gaulle Drive and MacArthur Boulevard. She said Young asked her to perform oral sex upon him. She said
that when she refused, Young punched her several times about the face and head and forced her to perform the sex act.

The victim said Young strangled and punched her again as she cried, before finally giving up on the assault and walking away. The woman said she told a friend she found nearby about the attack and that person called 911.

Young was arrested about 30 minutes after the assault was alleged, and claimed the sexual encounter was consensual.

Assistant District Attorney Alicia Bennette presented the case to the grand jury.

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