A Baton Rouge lawyer and ex-state liquor lobbyist is expected to plead guilty to a misdemeanor child pornography charge next week in federal court.
Christopher Young was set to enter that plea Monday afternoon, but with dozens of Young's friends and family members in the courtroom, U.S. District Judge John deGravelles announced that the proceeding was being postponed until Nov. 8 at the request of the parties. The judge gave no further explanation.
Young's attorneys, Billy Gibbens and Marci Blaize, and Assistant U.S. Attorney René Salomon declined comment afterward.
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Young was indicted by a Baton Rouge federal grand jury in May 2016 and had been scheduled to stand trial Monday on felony counts of possession and distribution of child pornography. However, prosecutors filed a superseding bill of information last week charging him with the lesser misdemeanor charge of accessory after the fact to interstate transmission of obscene and child pornography images.
Young and his attorneys signed a court document last week stating that he voluntarily waived his right to have the new charge presented to a grand jury. Salomon also filed a document last week stating that Young had advised the government "of his intent to plead guilty pursuant to a plea agreement."
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Young is accused of forwarding videos of boys engaging in sex acts with donkeys to friends, family and clients in 2013 and 2015. He testified previously in the case that he did so as a crude joke and insisted he is not a child pornographer.
Young is the brother of former Jefferson Parish President John Young, who was in deGravelles' courtroom Monday.
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Christopher Young has maintained he is being selectively and vindictively prosecuted for refusing to cooperate in a federal investigation into alleged public corruption, and because he was a lobbyist at the time.
Young and his attorneys have argued that federal authorities were interested in him only because of his lobbying activities before the state Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control and his friendship with former ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert. Hebert has denied any wrongdoing.
Young testified at a hearing in his case in September 2016 that an FBI agent told him a year earlier that the child porn on his cellphone would not be made public if Young, a Beer Industry League of Louisiana lobbyist at the time, cooperated with federal authorities in public corruption investigations. Young said he told the agent he had no information on any public corruption.
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