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.
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.