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Former JCC GOP chair given 6 years in prison for child porn

Charles K. Young (Courtesy Western Tidewater Regional Jail)
Charles K. Young (Courtesy Western Tidewater Regional Jail)

The former chair of the James City County Republican Committee will spend over six years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography earlier this year.

Charles K. Young, 69, appeared in federal court Monday morning for sentencing after the Federal Bureau of Investigation recovered over 600 images and 385 videos of child pornography from Young’s electronic devices, according to documents filed in the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia.

He was sentenced to 74 months in prison.

“A minimal period of incarceration is sufficient to allow this elderly, hardworking man to return to/continue being a productive, contributing member of the community after his period of incarceration,” court documents filed by Young’s attorney Tim Clancy state.

After his release from prison, Young will be on supervised probation for life, register as a sex offender and participate in sex offender treatment, documents state.

He is also prohibited from using any sex-related internet or phone services, and may not possess any child pornography.

Young was arrested Nov. 16 at his Williamsburg home and charged with ten counts of possession of child pornography, nine of which were dropped when he entered a plea agreement Jan. 31, documents state.

According to the statement of facts, Jared Young, Charles Young’s son, provided enough information to allow police to obtain a search warrant for Charles Young’s home on Aug. 18. There, detectives seized a number of electronic devices. A forensic examiner later found more than 22,000 images of child pornography on the devices.

“This has been difficult for my family, and an incredibly difficult for me as I had to make the tough call to turn my Father in to the police,” Jared Young wrote in a statement to WYDaily in December. “My family initiated this investigation, and has fully cooperated with Law Enforcement to hold my Father to Account. The public safety and trust has always been our number one priority, even at the painful cost of my Father’s freedom.

On June 27, Judge Robert Doumar circulated an order stating he was considering deviating downward from the recommended sentencing guidelines. Doumar said the guidelines did not take into account Young’s history, characteristics and the nature and circumstance of his offense.

Possession of child pornography carries a minimum sentence of five years and maximum of 20 years in prison. Sentencing guidelines recommended 121-151 months, or about ten to 12 years in prison for Young’s offense.

Court documents filed by Clancy detail the 69-year-old’s life, including his military service in the Navy and his family life. In the documents, Clancy also asked for a shorter sentence than sentencing guidelines recommend.

Young’s wife, Sandra, is a member of the Williamsburg-James City County School Board. She was elected in November 2015, just one month before the family says they discovered Young’s pornography.

“Young’s family was aware he was possessing child pornography,” documents state. “… One of Young’s sons attempted to assist his father in locating mental health treatment; however, the Youngs were repeatedly advised that due to the nature of Young’s conduct the potential providers would have to report him to law enforcement and that the individuals in the potential providers’ programs had already been through court proceedings and sentenced.”

Following Young’s arrest, members of the Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools community called for Young’s wife’s resignation. Young had previously taken her husband to school events and received a School Board stipend for internet at their home, School Board Chair Kyra Cook said.

She declined to resign, stating publicly at the Dec. 13 School Board meeting that she had done nothing wrong.

WYDaily archives were used in this story.

Fearing may be reached at sarah.f@localvoicemedia.com.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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