JOHNSTOWN -- A 16-year-old admitted Tuesday that he sexually abused a child under the age of 11 on a Broadalbin-Perth school bus, Fulton County District Attorney's officials said.
Dominick M. Young, who turns 17 in October, municipality of residence unavailable, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree sexual abuse, a felony.
He agreed to be sentenced to five years in state prison as a result. The deal also included a provision that he plead guilty in County Court as an adult and his case remain open and unsealed, District Attorney Chad Brown said in a release.
Young will be required to serve 10 years of post-release supervision and register as a sex offender, Brown said.
Sentencing is set for July 31.
Brown confirmed that the Young case is the one that prompted a March letter home to parents from Broadalbin-Perth Superintendent Stephen M. Tomlinson that vaguely referenced a "serious behavior concern on one of our buses" and an individual the superintendent referred to then as an "alleged perpetrator."
The incident prompted the district to review its bus practices and ultimately separate older and younger students on buses.
Young admitted in court to sexually abusing a child under the age of 11 years old on the bus in February during after school transportation, Brown said.
The investigation began Feb. 28 and was conducted by the Fulton County Sheriff's Office with assistance from the state police.
Investigators collected evidence and interviewed each child on the bus that could have had contact with Young. Young was then arrested March 4, Brown said.
The district sent its letter home to parents March 22. The district letter also indicated law enforcement officials had directed the district not to speak to students or parents prior to their being interviewed by investigators, or to any community member seeking information about the incident.
Brown also outlined how recent changes to how cases involving 16-year-olds impacted his office's handling the case. (Similar changes are set for this October related to 17-year-olds.)
Brown noted that the changes for 16-year-olds occurred last Oct. 1. That meant Young's case started out in Family Court, restricting information that could be released, Brown said.
The case was the first violent crime involving a 16-year-old in Fulton County under the new rules, Brown said.
"Out of an abundance of caution, law enforcement and the school district did not release any details of the arrest or the underlying circumstances until such time as there was a plea," Brown wrote.
Young was represented by attorney Christopher Stanyon.