Online petition demands resignation of WJCC School Board member following child porn charges against husband

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By 6 p.m. Monday night, 46 people had signed a petition circulating online to remove Sandra Young from her position on the WJCC School Board, less than 24 hours before Tuesday night’s monthly School Board work session. (Screenshot, Change.org)
By 6 p.m. Monday night, 46 people had signed a petition circulating online to remove Sandra Young from her position on the WJCC School Board, less than 24 hours before Tuesday night’s monthly School Board work session. (Screenshot, Change.org)

Several voters in James City County have signed a petition demanding the removal Sandra Young, the wife of a man accused of receiving child pornography, from the Williamburg-James City County School Board.

By 6 p.m. Monday night, 46 people had signed a petition circulating online to remove Sandra Young from her position, less than 24 hours before Tuesday night’s monthly School Board work session.

The petition, created by an unidentified Change.org user named “WJCC Community,” calls for Sandra Young’s resignation in the wake of her husband’s arrest for allegedly receiving child pornography.

“It is the School Board’s responsibility to ensure the safety of all students,” the petition page reads. “Mrs. Young used poor judgement by taking her husband to school events, even after an unsuccessful staged intervention by the family.”

“This is an embarrassment to the school division and the greater community. Do we really want someone like this selecting the next superintendent and governing the policies for the schools?” the page’s statement continued.

Sandra Young’s husband, Chuck Young, is charged with ten counts of receiving child pornography after Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested him at his Williamsburg home Nov. 16.

According to a criminal indictment filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, former JCC Republican Committee Chairman Chuck 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 Chuck Young was mailed or emailed the pornographic material over several months in 2014.

After Chuck Young was charged, School Board Chairman Jim Kelly requested she resign from her position, Kelly confirmed with WYDaily on Dec. 5.

On Dec. 6, Sandra Young told the Virginia Gazette that she would not step down from the position.

According to the Code of Virginia, elected officials can be removed from their position by petition “for neglect of duty, misuse of office, or incompetence in the performance of duties when that neglect of duty, misuse of office, or incompetence in the performance of duties has a material adverse effect upon the conduct of the office.”

The officials may also be removed from office by petition if they are convicted of certain drug offenses, sex offenses, or hate crimes.

If Sandra Young chooses not to resign, voters can petition to have her removed from her elected position. To effectively remove her, the petition would need to have 230 validated signatures from voters in the WJCC Berkeley district – the district Sandra Young represents on the School Board – and then be submitted to a Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court judge, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Virginia code requires the petition to be signed by a number of voters in the official’s jurisdiction, a number which must represent at least ten percent of the total number of votes cast when the official was elected.

Sandra Young was elected to the School Board in November 2015 with 2,301 votes, according to official election results from the Virginia Department of Elections.

An update published by an administrator on the petition page Monday encouraged residents to attend the next Williamsburg-James City County School Board meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Stryker Center in Williamsburg.

“We have an opportunity to voice our concerns tomorrow night at the School Board meeting,” the page read. “Come out and let your voice be heard. It’s up to us to demand her resignation.

Chuck Young is scheduled to appear in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Newport News on Feb. 22 for a jury trial, according to court records.

Sandra Young did not wish to comment on this story. 

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