Catholic school teacher sexually abused teen over months after firing, Michigan cops say

Kansas City Star [Kansas City MO]

April 24, 2024

By Mitchell Willetts

A former teacher at a Catholic school in Michigan is accused of sexually abusing a student over a period of months after being fired, officials told news outlets.

Nicholas Coe Young, 26, is facing three counts of criminal sexual conduct with a student, WOOD reported. Young allegedly had sexual contact with the boy multiple times over a 15-month span, the station reported.

The Grand Rapids man allegedly met the teenage victim while teaching at Catholic Central High School — though the sex abuse didn’t begin until August 2022, several months after he was fired, according to court documents obtained by the outlet.

Court records show Young was charged with providing alcohol to minors in March 2022.

In an interview with Grand Rapids police, the boy’s mother said her son was “taken advantage of,” reported.

Documents say the teen, who is now 17, felt “manipulated by Nicholas and reported not always wanting to engage in physical sex acts with him,” according to the outlet.

Young and the teen began talking over social media before the dynamic turned sexual, with Young sending explicit messages and images, the outlet reported.

The boy’s parents tried to confront Young but he stopped communicating with the teen, the outlet reported, though Young reconnected with him nine months later and the abuse resumed.

The victim did not want to do sexual acts with Young, documents said, according to WXMI. Young was aware of this and, at one point, told the boy, “I know you didn’t want to, but it made me happy,” according to court records obtained by the outlet.

The Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids is aware of the accusations against Young but said there is “no evidence” any sexual assaults occurred while he was teaching at the high school, they told the outlet.

“These events serve as a sobering reminder of our need for vigilance, and strengthen our resolve as a community to reinforce a culture of awareness to ensure the protection of children and young people,” the diocese said.