Corey Seth Sligh, a former actor on the popular CBS television soap opera The Young and the Restless, has been convicted of one count of molesting a child younger than 10, reports Page Six. Bill Bishop, the chief assistant state attorney for Okaloosa County, Florida, has spoken to reporters, explaining the details of 30-year-old Sligh’s charges and conviction.
Sligh was convicted on June 28 this year, says Bishop during his interview with the Cherokee Tribune and Ledger News. Having once spoken to TMZ back in November 2016 regarding the allegation, far prior to this first conviction, Sligh defended himself, denying his involvement and stating that he was innocent. Deputies had arrested him on October 14 that year, releasing him that very same day on a $22,000 bond. He was originally caught for the act and booked in his home state, Georgia.
“I am innocent and fighting this until the end, and the truth will prevail.”
It would seem the courts and a jury in Georgia did not agree about his innocence, since he has officially been convicted of the molestation charge in that state. This actor was convicted on one of two counts in Cherokee County and now faces prosecution in Florida as well. The charges he is still facing includes one count of lewd and lascivious molestation and another charge regarding a 10-year-old girl in the state of Florida, said Bishop. For the charges in Georgia, Sligh faces five to 20 years in prison, although he has not yet been sentenced, says District Attorney Shannon Wallace in Cherokee County. This carries a felony child molestation conviction. Meanwhile, his sentencing in Florida would carry a 25-year-to-life-in-prison stint if he is convicted there as well.
Cherokee Sheriff’s Office detectives received their report of the molestation for which Sligh was arrested in October 2016 from the child’s parents. According to investigators, the molestation occurred in March 2016. The charges were stuck to him only a month after his arrest. Even after his arrest and release with the bond, officials in Walton County, Florida, also arrested him on even more charges. It is believed that additional incidents occurred during one of Sligh’s family vacations in the state of Florida in the months of June and July that same year.
My Palm Beach Post claims that Sligh allegedly touched the child in Florida while both were vacationing on Rosemary Beach. The girl told authorities that Sligh also forced her to touch him inappropriately.
Other than his brief Young and Restless stint, Sligh is also known for creating and starring in a web series called All About Izzie in 2012.