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Sex Offender Accused Of Assaulting Child In Library

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by Nick Beres

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A convicted sex offender was arrested and accused of assaulting a 9-year-old girl in the children's section of the Linebaugh Public Library in Murfreesboro.

Police arrested 32-year-old William Young on three counts of aggravated sexual battery. He had a prior conviction for child molestation in 2001 and is listed as violent on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry.

Detectives said Young was lurking in the library children's section targeting kids.  The 9-year-old told her mother that Young touched her from behind and detectives said video surveillance catches him in the act.

"This is very unusual for this to happen in a library," said Major Clyde Adkison with the Murfreesboro Police Dept. "But you have to understand a library is a probable case for child predators to hang around...unfortunately."

This is especially true during the summer months when many children participate in reading programs, but Major Adkison emphasized the public library remains one of the safest places for children. 

Detectives were surprised and concerned to find that Young had check out a book called The Darkest Night on the day of the alleged assault.  The true crime book is about two young sisters who were kidnapped, raped and left for dead in Wyoming.

Young is in the Rutherford County jail being held on $150,000 bond.

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