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The former chairman of the James City County Republican Committee was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Wednesday morning and charged with ten counts of receipt of child pornography.
According to FBI Community Outreach Specialist Vanessa Torres, Charles Young was arrested without incident at his Williamsburg home.
Young, 69, is charged with ten counts of receipt of child pornography, which are felonies, according to documents from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
According to a criminal indictment filed in open court on Tuesday, Young knowingly received material depicting children engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The material, in the form of digital videos and images, featured minor male children engaging in actual and simulated intercourse.
The records state that Young was mailed or emailed the pornographic material over several months in 2014.
Young had previously served as the JCC Republican Committee Chairman. T. C. “Chris” Henderson now serves as chairman, according to the committee’s website.
Young was scheduled to appear at federal court in Norfolk at 3 p.m. Wednesday for an initial hearing.
Note: This article originally stated that Elizabeth Keller was serving as acting chairman of the JCC Republican Committee, citing the committee’s website as the source for that information. According to Jeff Ryer, spokesman for the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus, the committee’s website, jccrc.org, was inaccurate and has been updated to reflect that T. C. “Chris” Henderson is chairman.
According to Ryer, Young resigned his position as chairman in August. Vice Chairman Elizabeth Keller served as acting chairman until the committee elected a permanent chairman at its next scheduled meeting. On Sept. 28, the committee elected Henderson as its chairman. Henderson had previously served as chairman of the James City County Republican Committee from 2006 through 2008.