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New Bern, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court, during the last court session, his office obtained convictions against GARRETT RITSON YOUNG, 36, of Jacksonville, leading to a lengthy prison sentence. The cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Laura Bell, and investigated by the Craven County Sheriff’s Office.

The evidence showed that Young engaged in sexual activity with a 15-year-old victim. Young lived and worked in Jacksonville at the time; however, the investigation revealed the victim lived in Craven County. During the investigation, police discovered a memory card belonging to Young which contained pornographic images and video of a different underage victim. The Federal Bureau of Investigation opened an investigation into the child pornography images and video, and the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office began a separate investigation, which is still pending.

On November 3, 2017, Young was sentenced in federal court to 180 months (15 years) in prison. He then entered a guilty plea to the Craven County cases, to the charges of Statutory Sex Offense Against a Child 15 Years of Age or Younger, and Taking Indecent Liberties with a Child.


Resident Superior Court Judge John Nobles sentenced Young to a prison term of 200 to 300 months (16 to 25 years). When released, Young will have to register as a sex offender, and the judge recommended mental health treatment while Young is in prison.

NOTE: Under North Carolina Structured Sentencing law, a convicted criminal defendant must serve all of the minimum active sentence and may be required to serve up to the maximum sentence. Upon release at the conclusion of the prison sentence, a nine to twelve month period of post-release supervision by a probation officer is required.