FREEHOLD – A 53-year old male business owner in Howell was sentenced on Friday morning to three years New Jersey State Prison for inappropriately touching several victims who were both customers and employees at his store, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

       Brian Young, 53, the owner of Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More, located in the Howell Center Shopping Plaza on Route 9, was sentenced to three years in a New Jersey state prison Friday, January 10, by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Jill Grace O’Malley.  Young pleaded guilty to charges of third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child and fourth degree Criminal Sexual Contact before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Dennis R. O’Brien on October 11, 2019. Young will be subject to the provisions of Megan’s Law and Parole Supervision for Life once he is released from state prison.

A joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Howell Township Police Department was launched in November 2018 after the Howell Township Police Department received a report that Young inappropriately touched a juvenile victim while inside his business. Following the defendant’s arrest on November 9, 2018, five additional adult victims, who were customers and employees, disclosed Young had also inappropriately touched them at the business.

The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Danielle Zanzuccki.

Young is represented by Michael Pappa, Esq. of Hazlet.

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