Marcus Young, 32, pleaded guilty today to two felony crimes, possession of sexually exploitive material and destruction of evidence. Young was Canyon County’s information technology manager and the son of county prosecutor Dave Young when he was indicted September 2007 on nine felony counts; at the time, Marcus Young had been on paid leave from his county job for 13 months and collected more than $60,000 in pay and benefits as his crimes were investigated. At the time, his father said he believed his son was innocent. Today, the Idaho Attorney General’s office, which served as special prosecutor in the case, signed a plea agreement with Marcus Young in which the other charges were dismissed.
Marcus Young, who has not yet been sentenced, will have to register as a sex offender and faces up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for the porn charge, and up to five years and a $5,000 fine for the evidence tampering charge. Dave Young was defeated in the GOP primary in May by John Buzak, a local attorney.