For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: September 13, 2007

Marcus Young Makes Initial Appearance on Felony Charges

(Boise) – Marcus D. Young, 31, appeared today in Third District Court in Canyon County on five felony counts of possession of sexually exploitive material and four felony counts of destruction of evidence. Magistrate Judge Gregory F. Frates set bond at $20,000 and set the arraignment date for October 5, 2007.

Young was indicted by the Canyon County Grand Jury on September 12. The indictment was sealed until today’s court proceeding.

The indictment alleges that Young possessed five photographs, each of which “depicts a child engaged in, participating in, or being used for explicit sexual conduct.” The indictment further alleges that, on or about August 22, 2006, Young “did willfully destroy and/or alter data” on four computer hard drives with the knowledge that the hard drives, and the data contained thereon, “were about to be produced, used or discovered as evidence of a felony crime, and with the intent to prevent it from being produced, used or discovered.”

Possession of sexually exploitative material is a violation of Idaho Code § 18-1507A(2) and carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $5,000 fine for each count. Destruction of Evidence is a violation of Idaho Code § 18-2603 and carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and a $10,0000 fine for each count.

The Idaho State Police conducted an extensive investigation at the request of the Canyon County Sheriff. The Attorney General’s Office was appointed as special prosecutor for the case at the request of the Canyon County Commissioners. The duration of the investigation leading to these charges was prolonged by the condition of the evidence that was obtained and reviewed.

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden noted that an indictment is merely a formal accusation and that a defendant in a criminal case is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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