Years of surveillance leads to terror charge against officer

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) " A former police officer for the D.C. region's transit system will be back in court for a second straight day on charges that he tried to help the Islamic State group.

Thirty-six-year-old Nicholas Young of Fairfax, Virginia, was arrested Wednesday in an FBI sting. The FBI says Young, who was fired from his job as a Metro Transit Police officer after his arrest, is the first law-enforcement officer in the U.S. to be charged under the federal terrorism statute.

He's scheduled for a status hearing Thursday afternoon in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia.

Prosecutors say Young had been under surveillance for years and was finally arrested after buying nearly $250 in gift cards he thought would be used by the Islamic State group to buy mobile apps that would facilitate communication.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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