Pied-noir sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for producing child pornography

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POCATELLO — A 35-year-old Blackfoot man was sentenced to federal prison Wednesday for forcing a minor to engage in sexual activity and producing and receiving child pornography.

In a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho, attorney Josh Hurwit announced that Andrew Ray Young had been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.

The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office began investigating Young in December 2020 when the victim’s mother found nude photos swapped on Snapchat. The victim was then 14 years old.

According to a local probable cause affidavit, in an interview with detectives, the victim said she and Young communicated through Snapchat. Young developed a romantic relationship with the victim. The victim and Young allegedly exchanged nude photos.

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A detective from the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office obtained a search warrant for Young’s home and electronics. The detective discovered that Young had had sexual conversations with the child for over eight months on Young’s phone.

Young asked the victim to produce numerous sexually explicit images and videos. Investigators found 38 nude files of the victim saved in a gallery.

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According to the press release, the child testified at trial that Young met her online. Through a grooming process, Young convinced her to produce the images and videos, according to the statement.

“Chief Judge for the U.S. District of Wyoming, Scott W. Skavdahl, also sentenced Young to 25 years of supervised release, which will begin when his prison term ends. Young will also have to register as a sex offender. Young was convicted by a federal jury sitting in Pocatello on June 22, 2022,” the statement read.

“Protecting the most vulnerable members of our society, our children, has never been more urgent,” Hurwit said in the statement. “I thank our federal and local partners for their teamwork and dedication on this file. We will continue our efforts to keep Idaho’s children safe. »

Several agencies worked on this case, including the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, Rexburg, Idaho Falls, and Blackfoot Police Departments, and the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. .

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