Former youth director pleads not guilty, released on $25,000 bail

Former Young Life youth director Mark Holm  pleaded not guilty
to three counts of 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct Jan. 5 and was
released from jail pending his April 18 trial. 

Evelyn Puffer
Contributing Writer

Former Young Life youth director Mark Holm (pictured) pleaded not guilty to three counts of 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct Jan. 5 and was released from jail pending his April 18 trial.

Holm was arrested Oct. 29 following allegations of a sexual relationship with a juvenile female who attended the youth group in Cambridge.

Authorities were particularly concerned about an alleged suicide pact between Holm and the victim and sought a conditional bail of $250,000 and unconditional of $500,000.

Bail for the 54-year-old Holm, director of East Central Minnesota Young Life since 2004, was originally set at $500,000 without conditions or $100,000 with conditions by Judge P. Hunter Anderson.

However, on Jan. 5 Judge Thomas Hayes reduced the conditional bail to $25,000 and set a pre-trial conference for March 25 and the jury trial, which is expected to take from 5 to 7 days, for April 18.

In addition to the standard conditions, Holm was ordered not to go within a 2.5 mile radius of the victim’s residence and to stay 1000 feet from her, he is not to go to any Young Life events or to be on any Cambridge-Isanti School District 911 property, is subject to a GPS monitor, and must report to the Probation Department within 24 hours of his release from jail.

He is to have no contact with persons under the age of 18 and only supervised contact with family minors.

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