Young Life Director Back In Isanti Court Today On Sex Charges
The 54-year-old director of East Central Minnesota Young Life, Mark Steven Holm, is set to appear at the Isanti County Courthouse this afternoon (Nov. 10) on a Rule 8 appearance. Holm was arrested back on Oct. 27 for the alleged relationship he had with a 17-year old girl he taught in youth group.
According to the criminal complaint, Holm is being charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 3rd Degree, which comes with a possible penalty of 15 years in prison, a $30 thousand fine, or both.
Holm is accused of having a sexual relationship with a female minor he worked with during his time as the Director of Young Life in Cambridge. The criminal complaint details the lurid relationship between the accused Holm and the minor.
The complaint states that “sexual penetration” occurred during the relationship, which began back in April, 2010. Apparently the defendant reached out to the girl; sometimes the two would go for coffee alone after an event. The girl admitted she knew the two were “more than friends” when hugging turned to holding. The girl also told police that she felt the relationship was “kind of mutual” and that the touching “went both ways.”
The criminal complaint also states that the girl admitted to “sexual contact” 10-12 times, and that the location of such occurrences was mostly at the Young Life office of Mr. Holm. Again, the defendant was the girl’s Young Life leader, and the group apparently met every Wednesday.
Law enforcement were initially contacted about this situation by the parents of the girl. The mother of the girl found test messages on her daughters phone eluding to their relationship. The criminal complaint states that the messages talked about how the “juvenile was to open the blinds so the defendant could see through the window when he drove by.” Other messages also mentioned getting married, and living together. The criminal complaint also states the two exchanged pictures, including one allegedly sent by the defendant, of him completely naked.
When the juveniles mother found the text messages, she confronted her daughter and the girl admitted sexual contact with the Mr. Holm. Detective Vern Johnson was assigned to the case.
The juvenile also told police that the two would talk about what would happen if anyone found out about their relationship. According to the criminal complaint, they discussed three different options. The first option was to “run away together,” the second was to “commit suicide,” and the third was to “commit suicide and make it look like an accident.”