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CCA Staff Member Randy Young Investigated for sexual relationship with student, Arrested, Charged with Child Porn

Copper Canyon Academy Staff Member Investigated for inappropriate relationship with student 

Randy Young former Special Projects Coordinator at Copper Canyon Academy, located in Rimrock Arizona was asked to resign from Copper Canyon Academy, after he was internally reported and investigated for the sexual abuse of  a 16 year old female student.

Reports determine that Young pursued an ongoing romantic relationship with the victim and that he sexually assaulted the girl while on the CCA campus.

The victim reports that she was satisfied with the way Copper Canyon Academy owner, Paul Taylor, handled the case. A report to the Yavapai County Police was made, however, charges were not pressed and no arrests were made in regards to this investigation.

Soon after, Randy Young went on to acquire a job at American Heritage Academy in Cottonwood, AZ and was found to have had inappropriate sexual relationships with at least 2 other girls at AHA.

Young was eventually arrested when he was found at a “hook up spot” with a 17 year old student in his car, he was arrested for attempting to give the officer false identification. He posted bail and was soon released.

Warrants on his home and school computer uncovered 11 photos that were believed to be a evidence of a sexual relationship with a 15 year old female student of American Heritage Academy. He was arrested on 11 counts of child exploitation. His bail was set to $60,000. It is unknown if Young is still in custody, an inmate database search would suggest that he has been released.

A disturbing comment on this article shows a pattern of grooming for personal relationships and proof that he told his students about his intentions toward pedophilia.

thiis man was trusted by so manny, he could of taken that van of girls and never came back, he wasn’t a molester, murderer or anything like that. He was i’ll, you don’t see it because it’s not like cancer or scarlet fever, its a deep kind of ill that does actually exsist. he tryed to fight it, and couldn’t. the thing is…he didn’t choose to be ill, someone made him be ill….he was very hurt when he was younng. and it infected himm…he put it off and tried to be strong, and ended up like this. soo just because he’s done what he has. ddoesn’t mean you should lose respect or stop loving him if you did, he has the same heart. and he did actually love alot of the basketball girls, some of them he even told to watch out for people like him, because he cared and he knew who he was…and he couldn’t help it.

- anonymous

It is the collective opinion of CCASurvivors that Copper Canyon Academy may have been neglectful in properly pursuing a conviction from this incident and may have made concerted efforts to cover up the scandal. Although it does seem that they followed adequate protocol in calling the police, when the law will not take proper action it is the responsibility of the citizens to put the community on alert about pedophiles and sexual offenders. However responsible they may have been, the unfortunate truth is that inaction in these situations can all too easily lead to the endangerment and sexual abuse of children. Considering how easy it was for Young to skirt his past transgressions, it is imperative that we maintain a high alert on these kinds of reports and all schools do stringent background checks on all of their teachers and staff.

CCASurvivors

If you would like to make a report about a sexually abusive staff member of Copper Canyon Academy you are encouraged to do so by emailing us at admin@ccasurvivors.com We will process these reports to the proper authorities and make public warnings available for parents.

 

Terminated AHA teacher arrested for child porn

2/20/2012 6:20:00 AM

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

COTTONWOOD — Yavapai Sheriff’s detectives were contacted by staff at the American Heritage Academy in Cottonwood Wednesday after school officials found a laptop computer with porn that belonged to a recently terminated teacher.

A school staff member discovered pornographic images of children while reviewing the computer’s contents. The terminated teacher, 33-year-old Randy Young, was previously under investigation for an inappropriate relationship with a student and staff believed the computer might have documented that relationship.

Young had been arrested by Cottonwood Police late last month after providing false identity when he was contacted in the company of a juvenile student while off campus. After the arrest, he posted bond and was released. Young’s personal laptop computer had been left in his former classroom, where it was found by another teacher.

The following day, detectives reviewed the computer’s contents and found 11 images depicting children younger than 15 in various sexual situations.

A search warrant was obtained for Young’s Cottonwood home. Young was arrested for 11 counts involving sexual exploitation of a minor and booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center.

He remains in custody on a $60,000 bond. He admitted to knowledge of the images on his computer, but did not believe they portrayed underage children.

Randy Young Arrested for giving False Identity, with minor student in his car

On Friday, Jan. 28, Young had been charged with providing false identification to an officer. At 10 o’clock that night, a Cottonwood officer checked a Suzuki SUV parked at the Rocking Chair Road overlook, where police say it is commonplace for criminal activity to occur.

The passenger showed identification that she was 17 years old and said she was a senior in a Cottonwood school.

Randy Scott initially could not produce a driver’s license but identified himself with a name the officer could not pull up on his computer.

The driver who was jumpy and nervous gave a name and said he was 17 but then claimed he was born in 1991 and was 20 years old.

The officer said that when a computer check returns, “no record found,” he said it usually means the subject is lying.

At that point, Young pulled out his wallet with his identification, showing he was 33.

 

Quote from former CCA Student:

“Randy was always on my radar as a “sketchy” guy during my time at CCA due to his elaborate stories about his wife, Amy, their adopted teenage daughter, Holly, and Randy’s best friend (name forgotten.) The stories were interesting, sure, but none of the main players ever actually came to campus in real life. Randy had plenty of excuses for this, but I started joking with him that he had just made the people up.

Not long after that fun conversation, he told us that Holly had died the day before from a sudden bout of spinal meningitis. This was tragic and we all cried because we’d heard so much about this girl, and she was our age! 16! Not long after that, Susie, a staff member in Juniper, resigned. We assumed it was because she hadn’t gotten the vacant position as the head of Juniper, though some girls said it was because she refused to accept that CCA wouldn’t try to cure girls of lesbianism, given her Christian beliefs.

Turns out that she had attempted to bring flowers to “Holly”‘s memorial service and found out that Holly did not exist. The church, which Randy claimed to be a youth pastor at, had never heard of Randy. In fact, it turned out that he wasn’t even married. Susie brought this information to Paul’s attention, but Paul decided that it had no impact on Randy’s job at CCA and wouldn’t even discuss Randy’s lies with Randy. Susie resigned in protest.

A few months later, Randy told us that his wife Amy had left him. During this time, he acted much angrier than he had before and was a lot meaner to most girls. Before, he had taken a special interest in most of the prettier and sportier girls in Juniper, and sometimes the other dorms. He would make good friends with them and their parents, and sometimes take the sports teams he coached on long distance and overnight trips. The girls who had gotten pulled or graduated that he had made friends with would send them photos of himself- I once caught him looking at photos on a staff computer of a former student washing cars in her bikini. But he started even being mean with the girls he had specially chosen and befriended. Being even harder on them, in fact. But always apologizing later.”

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