Former jail captain gets year on probation for unlawful sexual contact with minor

Robert Donnie Young Jr.
Robert Donnie Young Jr.

The former administrator of the Dickson County Jail was placed on probation for a year after pleading no contest to illegal sexual contact by an authority figure. 51-year-old Robert Donnie Young Jr. of Dickson resigned from the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday after having been suspended for the last year. Young worked at the sheriff’s office since 1997 and was captain and chief administrator at the jail until he was suspended with pay Oct. 8, 2014, after a criminal investigation was initiated. He was suspended without pay after being indicted Dec. 8 on a single count of sexual battery by an authority figure, a Class C felony. The indictment alleges Young had unlawful sexual contact with a female between the ages of 13 and 18 over whom he had authority. Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe said the allegations occurred outside the scope of Young’s job with the sheriff’s office. In Dickson County Circuit Court Friday, Judge Larry Wallace heard a statement from the minor victim and accepted a plea bargain agreement in a closed hearing. According to court documents, Young pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of unlawful sexual contact by an authority figure, a Class A misdemeanor. He was sentenced to 11 months 29 days in jail, suspended to probation, fined $1,000 and ordered to pay court costs. The record also says Young is to have no contact with the victim and the victim and victim’s family agreed to the disposition. Bledsoe said Young called him Thursday and officially resigned his position. The investigation was conducted by the District Attorney’s office since it involved an employee of the sheriff’s office and Jennifer Stribling, who joined the DA’s office in October, was the prosecutor while Olin Baker represented Young. The hearing was conducted outside the courtroom Friday to allow the minor victim to make a statement, accompanied by Pavlov, the therapy dog from the Child Advocacy Center.