Charges against ex-KKK leader forwarded

February 09, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

A Washington County District Court judge found probable cause Thursday to forward to Circuit Court several sex offense charges against a former Ku Klux Klan leader.

Gordon Creal Young, 40, is charged with forcing a 15-year-old girl to perform sex acts on him, according to court documents.

Young, of 2210 Back Road in Sharpsburg, was arrested Jan. 10 and charged with two counts each of second-degree sex offense, second-degree assault and sex abuse of a minor, and one count of causing another person to ingest bodily fluid, according to court records.

The second-degree sex offense and sex abuse of a minor offense are felonies.

Young, a former leader of the World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan who disbanded his group in November to join the National Socialist Movement, appeared in court Thursday wearing an orange jail jumpsuit. Young has been held at the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of $350,000 bond since being charged.


Young forced the girl to perform a sexual act while the two were in his home on two separate occasions in late October 2006, according to Washington County Sheriff's Department Investigator Tara Bender, who interviewed the girl.

Young had been making sexual comments toward the girl for some time before the reported incidents, according to court documents.

Young announced in November 2006 that he was breaking up the World Knights to become state leader of the National Socialist Movement.

Jeff Schoep, leader of the National Socialist Movement that is based in Minneapolis, refused during a short telephone conversation Thursday to elaborate about the organization's current relationship with Young.

"Gordon Young is not currently active with the National Socialist Movement," Schoep wrote in an e-mail before the phone call.

In the e-mail, Schoep said the movement is not open to convicted sex offenders, but he did not know the exact details of Young's situation.

"Gordon Young does not strike me as someone who would engage in any sort of sex offense," Schoep wrote.

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