Two new felonies lodged in former youth director case

By Rachel Kytonen

Two new felony charges, and one new gross misdemeanor charge, were filed this week against a former Young Life director charged with criminal sexual conduct involving a female participating in the youth program.

Mark Steven Holm

Mark Steven Holm, 54, of Stanchfield, was charged Oct. 29, 2010 and pled not guilty in early January to three counts of felony 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct and was released from jail pending an April 18 trial.

A new complaint filed March 28 in 10th District Court, adds a new charge of felony 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct, felony 4th degree criminal sexual conduct, and gross misdemeanor possession of obscene materials.

Isanti County Attorney Jeff Edblad said a new complaint was filed due to the three additional charges.

“Under the circumstances of further investigation, the dismissal of the original complaint and the refiling of a new complaint with the original charges, plus additional charges, is the cleanest way to proceed in my opinion,” Edblad said.

The complaint filed March 28 does not allege additional victims.

The new complaint alleges the offenses began in July 2010 and continued through October 2010. Locations of the alleged crimes were at the 17-year old victim’s residence; at Castaway Camp, a Young Life youth camp; in the Young Life office in Cambridge; and at Holm’s residence in Stanchfield.

The complaint also alleges the victim and Holm exchanged various nude photographs from the waist up via cell phone, and one completely nude photograph of Holm was sent to the victim.

Authorities were also particularly concerned about an alleged suicide pact between Holm and the victim.

The initial three, 3rd degree felony criminal sexual conduct charges against Holm are characterized as serious felonies.

Holm had been director of East Central Minnesota Young Life since 2004.

Holm’s next appearance in 10th District Court is scheduled for April 20, at 1:30 p.m. at the Isanti County Government Center in Cambridge.