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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wilder, Scott

Director of Communications 
News Date: 12/19/2011 

 Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrest Lakeland man for Conspiracy to Commit Sexual Battery by a Person in Authority 

Today, Jarvis Lamot Young (DOB 09.09.1983), of 2825 Moonlight Cove Lane (Apt 101), Lakeland, was arrested and taken into custody by Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives for Conspiracy to Commit Sexual Battery by a Person in Authority.  This case is related to the victimization of a teenaged boy who was also victimized by 41-year-old Arnold Maurice Mathis.  Mathis, a Polk County minister, was arrested on Saturday (12.17.2011) for Sexual Battery on a 14-year-old child.  The victim, who is now an adult, was victimized when he was between 14 and 15-years-old.  The conspiracy is related to Jarvis Young and co-defendant Arnold Mathis taking two teenaged boys from Polk County, transporting them to an Orlando area hotel, and sexually abusing them.

During the investigation, deputies recorded a conversation between the victim and Young, where Young admitted to engaging in anal sex with another boy at the time, making numerous incriminating statements about the sexual encounter, transporting the young men to and from the abusive encounter, and provided details that could only be known by someone who was an active participant in the abusive sexual encounter.

Young was, for a short time, a track and field coach for Lakeland High School approximately three years ago.  He currently claims to be a Lakeland area volunteer track and field coach.  He is currently a student at Hillsborough Community College.

The current investigation related to Young is ongoing.  Young likely faces other charges related to the sexual battery on the child in Orlando.  Detectives are actively trying to identify the other child victim and encourage this victim to come forward.

Detectives strongly encourage any person who knows of other victims or may have been victimized by Mathis or Young to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

“This is another tragic example of abuse by a person of trust in our community.  We will hold those who abuse our children accountable for their crime.  I continue to be amazed by the terrible behavior of some adults who are in a position of authority over children.  Parents are our first line of defense against child sex abuse.  I encourage all parents to be actively involved in the lives of their children and be very careful with whom you allow into their lives.”  —Grady Judd, Sheriff

Jarvis Lamot Young