By Linda Sutter
June 18, 2015 the following charges except for one was pressed against Joey Young, Director of Del Norte County Human Resources, and serves on the Board of Trindel Insurance for Del Norte County:
COUNT 1: Contact of a minor with intent to commit sexual offense in violation of section 288.4(b) of the penal code. A felony
COUNT 2: Contact of minor with intent to commit sexual offense, in violation of section 288.4(b) of the penal code. A felony
COUNT 3: CHILD MOLESTING, in violation of section 647.6 of the penal code. A misdemeanor.
On July 15, 2015, Mr. Young picked up a new charge:
COUNT 4: Disobeying Court Order, in violation of section 166(a)(1)(4) of the California Penal Code, a misdemeanor.
On July 17, 2015 the People of the State of California revoked recognizance status and placed bail of $30,000 on Joey Young.
The Court Record shows that on April 6 and 7th, 2015 the defendant Joey Young allegedly met and did in fact meet with the underage male for the purpose of engaging in a lewd and lascivious act.
Young is also charged with a misdemeanor violation of Penal Code 647.6 for the time period of October 1, 2014 through June 12, 2015, the date of filing. The People’s case is based on an ongoing inappropriate and illegal relationship between the defendant, who is 40 years of age, and the juvenile victim who is still, at the time of filing, a minor.
District Attorney Dale Trigg sent a letter dated June 12, 2015, to Young and was given a court date of June 30, 2015 for arraignment and was told to book and release at the jail before that time, which Young failed to do. The people agreed to continue the arraignment for one week to July 7, 2015. During the June 30, 2015 appearance the People of the State of California requested a Criminal Protective Order requiring Young to have no personal contact with the juvenile male victim, WHO ALSO APPEARED IN COURT with Young and stated that he does not feel victimized and asked for the Criminal Protective Order not to be issued.
The Court, nonetheless, issued the Protective Order.
At the booking and release, Young executed a written Own Recognizance agreement pursuant to Penal Code 1381, where Young agreed to “OBEY ALL LAWS,” by his signature. Less than one week after signing said document, Joey Young was caught alone with the juvenile at a camp fire on the beach. The juvenile victim, lied to law enforcement and attempted to get his friend to join in his lie. Thus the People added the 4th count as a new crime.
This is a felony sex case with a minor victim that carries a state prison and lifetime registration of 290 upon a conviction. This is a public safety concern, particularly given Young’s clear difficulty in grasping the seriousness of it.
At beginning onset the District Attorney’s office felt that Joey Young would show sensible good judgement and discontinue his ongoing relationship with the juvenile male victim once this case was filed. The grace extended by the District Attorney’s Office was misplaced as Young showed up at his first court appearance with the juvenile victim, and even after being ordered by the court to have no contact, was arrested at midnight rendezvous with the juvenile victim at a camp fire on the beach.
Court on this matter has been prolonged by something as simple as Young’s new attorney from the County, McLaughlin, because McLaughlin’s computer was not compatible with the 3mp drive. There are currently 5000 pages of data from Young’s cell phone.
Court for trial setting is September 3, 2015 at 0830 hours in Department 1.