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Harassment probe led to child porn charges against Coast Guardsman

Court documents released this week offer new, disturbing details into the allegations against a Keys U.S. Coast Guardsman accused of child pornography.

The two counts of producing, one count of distributing and one count of possessing child pornography each carry a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.

U.S. District Court Judge Lurana Snow denied E-3 Drew Alexander Young bond last Friday. He pleaded not guilty.

Young's mother and stepfather in Franklin, Maine, said they are willing to pledge their $129,000 home as collateral and let Young live with them, but Snow deemed him a flight risk and worried about the safety of his 13-year-old stepsister who lives at the house.

Snow's detention order, filed Tuesday, reveals that the child pornography case was brought by Coast Guard Investigative Service agents when they were looking into sexual harassment allegations against Young. A female Coast Guardswoman said Young assaulted her.

Agents seized Young's cell phone on May 13 looking for messages sent to the alleged victim, including those that contained sexual content or threats. During the search, they found the text message app Kik Messenger, which contained chats between Young and girls under 18 years old. Most of the girls were between 14 and 16.

Agents obtained a second search warrant to look further into Young's phone and found 30 conversations with girls, some as young as 13 years old, according to the detention order. In these conversations, agents say Young directed the girls to take photos of their genitals.

Young made six attempts to meet with the girls but it doesn't appear that any of them took him up on the offer, agents said. In one of these requests, Young told a 13-year-old girl that he would take her virginity, according to the detention order. In another thread, Young proposed anal sex with another 13-year-old girl.

Some of these girls also sent photos of them exposing themselves to Young, Coast Guard investigators say.

Young's phone also had a collection of "explicit videos of underage girls, some as young as 8 years old," Snow wrote in the detention order.

Coast Guard officials said the service is in the process of administratively discharging Young, who enlisted in 2011.

He is scheduled to stand trial in Key West federal court beginning Nov. 2 in front of Judge Jose Martinez.

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