A former James City County Republican Committee chairman faces as long as 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to receiving child pornography.
Charles Young, 69, was arrested by the FBI Nov. 16 at his home in James City County, and charged with 10 felony counts of receiving child pornography, according to United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia records.
He pleaded guilty to one of those counts Tuesday.
Young’s adult son, Jared, turned him into James City County police on Aug. 15, according to federal court documents.
Jared Young told JCC police his father had friended young boys — who didn’t appear to live in the U.S. — on Facebook. When he looked at the boys’ Facebook pages, Jared Young found images of young boys performing sexual acts on each other, according to federal court documents.
Jared Young also told police family members had seen child pornography on Charles Young’s laptop in June 2014, and again on a thumb drive in December 2015, according to federal and JCC court documents.
In a letter to the Daily Press in Dec. 13, Jared Young stated that he’d known about his father viewing child pornography since 1996. In the court’s statement of facts, Charles Young admitted to viewing it “since about 2002-2003.”
On Aug. 18, James City County Police searched Young’s home, which he shared with his wife, Williamsburg-James City County School Board member Sandra Young. Investigators found more than 22,000 images and videos of child pornography from the 40 electronic devices seized in the search, according to documents from the James City County General District Court.
Around that time, Young resigned from his position as chairman of the James City County Republican Committee, which he’d held since January.
August is also when the FBI got involved, according to federal court documents. An FBI agent got search warrants for the electronic devices in addition to Charles Young’s Facebook account.
When he was arrested on Nov. 16, Young admitted to law enforcement that he viewed child pornography via the online file sharing service Dropbox but deleted the images afterward, according to the court’s Statement of Facts.
When questioned about the nude images of juveniles on Facebook, Young said he didn’t ask for the images, according to the court documents.
Young was originally accused of receiving three videos and seven photos depicting young boys engaged in sexual acts between Feb. 4, 2014 and July 27, 2014, according to federal court documents. In the plea agreement Jan. 31, Young admitted to receiving one of those videos on or around July 27, 2014.
In return, prosecutors dropped the other nine counts against him, according to the plea agreement.
Young will be sentenced at a hearing on May 17. He faces five to 20 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000 and at least five years of supervised release. According to the plea agreement, a person found guilty of this kind of crime remains in custody pending sentencing.
As per the agreement, Young will have to register as a sex offender in any place he lives, works or is a student.
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