For The First Time In U.S. History, A Police Officer Is Arrested For Attempting To Provide Material Support To ISIS
Authorities arrested 36 year-old Nicholas Young, a Metro Transit Police Officer from Virginia who allegedly attempted to provide material support to ISIS.
Young, who has been employed as a police officer for thirteen years, reportedly purchased $245 worth of gift cards this July that he believed were being electronically delivered to ISIS overseas. In reality, they were intercepted by undercover FBI agents.
Law enforcement personnel first interviewed Young in 2010 due to his alleged ties to a suspicious acquaintance. That acquaintance was later arrested for providing material support to the terror group. Young also reportedly traveled to Libya on two occasions in 2011.
“Over the next several years Young had numerous interactions with undercover law enforcement officers and a cooperating witness regarding Young’s knowledge or interest of terrorist related activity, many of which were recorded,” according to a statement from the Department of Justice.
Today’s arrest marks the first time in U.S. history that a law enforcement officer has been charged in connection with aiding the terror group.
“Young faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison if convicted,” according to the statement. The case was brought before the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia this afternoon.