Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Statement from Chief Masterson re: Young Case

09-01-10 Statement from Chief Masterson re: Young Case

Statement from Boise Chief of Police Michael Masterson:

    Most importantly, my thoughts go out to the victims of these crimes and their families. The crimes committed by Mr, Young are appalling and unconscionable.

    I applaud and appreciate the professional and thorough work of the Sheriff's Office investigators and Ada County Prosecutors, and support the judgment of the court in today's sentencing decision. Mr. Young took an oath to protect others and he grossly violated that trust. My hope is today's sentencing will bring some measure of closure and assist in what is most assuredly a very difficult healing process for victims and their families.

    Despite the fact the case against of Mr. Young surfaced following his retirement, it's timely to reiterate that both members of the community and members of the law enforcement profession expect the highest level of professional and ethical conduct from officers, both on and off-duty. The vast majority of those in law enforcement are proud to quietly but honorably serve their community, do so with distinction, and have my fullest and most sincere admiration and support.

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Background:

    Steve Young, a retired Boise Police Officer, was sentenced by 4th district Judge Michael Wetherell this afternoon to 25 years in prison, 12.5 years fixed, after Young pleaded guilty to several counts of sexual battery of a minor. In court today, Ada County prosecutors say Young may have as many as 20 victims, all of them infants or toddlers. Mr. Young is a former school resource officer, however, prosecutors say there is no evidence any of the crimes were related to Young's job duties. The crimes date back more than 30 years for the 58 year old Young. Ada County Sheriff's deputies arrested the retired officer, a resident of Eagle, in March after he turned himself in and admitted he molested infants.