By The Chronicle
An 18-year-old Centralia man has been charged with a Class B felony in Lewis County Superior Court after he allegedly admitted to law enforcement that he sent a sexually explicit video of a minor over the internet.
On Friday afternoon, Steven D. Young was charged with first-degree dealing in depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He was then released on $20,000 bail. He will also be required to submit to administrative booking prior to his next scheduled court appearance on Feb. 15.
Centralia police were first alerted to Young’s alleged activities by the FBI. Their information showed that Young had been using the cellphone app Kik in order to engage in sexually graphic conversations. Court documents show that during one of those conversations Young claimed to have engaged in sexual intercourse with girls as young as 3 years old. The authenticity of that claim was not addressed in court Friday.
Documents also claim that on or around July 26, 2017, Young sent a video that showed a female who appeared to be around 12 years of age masturbating.
Court documents state that Young initially denied any knowledge of the alleged conversation when contacted and interviewed by Centralia police. However, Centralia police claim that Young eventually regained his recollection of the conversation and the video.
According to a probable cause statement issued by the Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Young stated that he needs counseling and claimed that he only sent the video because he had been threatened.
However, the probable cause statement added, “The defendant also admitted the threat was a “crutch,” and he believed he should go to jail, but wanted treatment.”
Dealing in depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct is a felony punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and a $20,000 fine.