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Young sentencing postponed again

ALEXANDRIA — The sentencing of a Vidalia man who pleaded guilty to child pornography charges was delayed Tuesday after attorneys and a federal judge spent five hours reviewing evidence and hearing from witnesses in a closed courtroom.

John Casey Young, 46, pleaded guilty in March to knowingly receiving child pornography. He faces 20 years in federal prison, five years supervised probation and a $250,000 fine.

He was scheduled to be sentenced June 10, but the sentencing was rescheduled for Tuesday to allow both defense and prosecutors to make additional legal filings, according to court documents.

Young and his attorney, J. Michael Small of Alexandria, appeared before Federal Court Judge Dee Drell in Western District Court of Louisiana in Alexandria at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Earl Campbell and John Luke Walker, who are prosecuting the case, were also in attendance.

After Drell met with attorneys from both sides for 15 minutes, Drell asked that everyone who was not an attorney or a witness clear the courtroom while objections and evidence from both sides were presented.

“I apologize for those who drove a long way, but some matters we need to discuss in this fashion,” Drell said.

The court recessed for lunch at 12:43 p.m. and returned at 1:30 p.m., but was still closed.

At 4 p.m., Drell adjourned the court proceedings until Monday.

A news release from the U.S. Justice Department at the time of Young’s pleading said investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigation found Young had used a work computer to search the Internet for child pornography during an unrelated investigation.

Young was arrested and later indicted in September 2011, charges to which he pleaded “not guilty.”

Court documents from the time alleged Young’s wife discovered video images depicting an undressed minor getting out of the shower on his computer.

The court filings from September allege that the video appears to have been recorded without the knowledge of the minor.