Federal grand jury indicts Young on child pornography charges

Published 12:04 am Wednesday, October 5, 2011

FERRIDAY — A federal grand jury has indicted John Casey Young on six counts of production or attempted production of child pornography.

Young, 43, of Ferriday, was charged with only one count of the crime last month but indicted on all six counts Sept. 28.

The indictment was filed for public viewing Monday.

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Robert E. King, a senior agent with the FBI in Alexandria, said further FBI investigations into Young’s case following his arrest led to the five additional counts of the crime.

King said he could not comment about whether the other counts involve the same victim.

The original count listed in the complaint was based on an image that allegedly depicted an undressed minor getting out of the shower, which Young’s wife discovered on her husband’s computer hard drive.

The video, the complaint alleges, depicts frontal nudity of the minor and appeared to have been recorded without the minor’s knowledge from outside the bathroom window.

Each of the six counts represents a different image, King said, which could be either still image or video.

Counts one through six all refer to different computer files with titles such as “home315.mov” and “home316.mov.” Each of the computer files referenced in the indictment has a movie file extension.

Each count in the indictment states Young “did and attempted to employ and use a female under the age of 18 to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction…and in doing so, did use materials that had been…transported…by any means, including by computer.”

Young was released from the custody of U.S. Marshals in Alexandria on a $25,000 bond on Sept. 13.

Conditions of his release included adherence to a curfew and avoiding contact with minors other than his biological children and when at work in the presence of another adult.

According to Title 18 of the United States Code, part (e) of Section 2251 states those who violate the code could be sentenced to not less than 15 years and no more than 30 years in prison.

Young has hired J. Michael Small of Alexandria as his defense attorney, court documents say.

King said a trial for Young will likely be set to be heard in Alexandria.