Washington- Nicholas Young, the first U.S. policeman to be arrested on charges of supporting ISIS, had traveled to Libya in 2011 and had been with rebels attempting to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, according to documents received by the Federal Bureau of Investigation,
Young travelled to Libya via Tunisia. He also brought back body armor from one trip.
The FBI arrested Young, 36, on Wednesday. He is a white man who has converted to Islam and belongs to a Christian family that lives in the State of Virginia.
His father was religious and was a teacher at a local school.
Young had worked for Washington’s Metro Transit Police Department since 2003.
He was arrested for plotting to provide ISIS with financial assistance and around five years ago he spoke to undercover federal agents.
“Obviously, the allegations in this case are profoundly disturbing. They’re disturbing to me, and they’re disturbing to everyone who wears the uniform,” Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiede¬feld said in a statement.
Wiede¬feld said Young was sacked during the same time that the police announced his arrest.
According to the criminal complaint, the suspect spoke more than once in the past years with informants. One of them claimed to want to join ISIS.
Young gave the person working with law enforcement advice on how to travel to Syria — including how to avoid undercover agents.
In response to a solicitation from an undercover agent, Young provided $245 of gift-card codes intended to help members of ISIS set up mobile messaging accounts to communicate with potential recruits in the West.
If convicted, Young faces a 20-year prison term, The Washington Post said.