Attorney motions to withdraw from sex abuse case

Attorney Arnold Poole filed a motion March 20 to withdraw from representing Douglas James Young, Jr. in a sex abuse case in which the defendant now faces 40 charges.

Judge Daniel Murphy signed the order, which states Poole’s motion and supporting affidavit shall be sealed by the clerk of the court and will not be made available to public disclosure.

Young, 45, was first arrested on March 14 on five counts of first-degree sex abuse and four counts of second-degree sex abuse.

He posted bail on March 15 and was arrested again the next day and was arraigned in Linn County Circuit Court on March 17 on 34 more counts of sex abuse.

He posted bail again on March 17, with a condition of his release to not have contact with the alleged victims or their families or unsupervised contact with children.

The alleged incidents of sex abuse occurred between 2002 and February of this year, according to court documents.

Young faces 15 counts of first-degree sex abuse, a class B felony; nine counts of second-degree sex abuse, a class C felony; nine counts of second-degree sodomy, a class B felony; and four counts of third-degree sex abuse, which is a class A misdemeanor. He also was charged with one count of third-degree attempted sex abuse, a class B misdemeanor; two counts of using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct, a class A felony.

Young’s arrest is the result of an investigation that began on Feb. 28, 2017 when it was reported that Young had inappropriate contact with a minor. During the course of the investigation, additional victims, who are now adults, were contacted and interviewed.

Detectives are aware of additional potential and are conducting interviews.

At the time this was reported to law enforcement, Young was an active Boys Scouts of America leader, according to the release. At this time, there is no information indicating that these crimes took place during a Boy Scout-affiliated event.

LPD has had contact with Young over the past 12 years, including two times for alleged sex abuse. No charges were filed in those instances.

This is an ongoing investigation and additional charges are anticipated.

Anyone with information in regards to this case, may contact LPD Det. Ryan Padua at 541-258-4325.