A police officer working for the local transit authority in Washington, D.C., was arrested recently for charges stemming from his alleged involvement with the Islamic State militant group, ABC News reported Wednesday.
The veteran officer assigned to the Metro Transit Police Department was identified by CNN as Nicholas Young, and he has been charged with "trying to assist ISIS operatives find more ways to communicate in secret," ABC News reported.
The official announcement of the arrest was expected to happen at some point Wednesday, according to a tweet from CBS Evening News.
Young, 36, has been with the transit police for 12 years and was arrested Wednesday morning, but local transit authority officials said that there apparent is "no pending threat to the D.C. transportation system."
He has been formally accused of sending money to someone he was told was connected to ISIS. However, that person turned out to be a member of law enforcement who was undercover, according to a tweet from the local ABC affiliate in the D.C. metropolitan area.
Without making any mention of Young sending money to ISIS, the ABC News report said the transit cop was accused of buying certain products to send to members of the Islamic State so that it could elude any detection of communications within the group.
Young's arrest was confirmed by the U.S. Attorney's Office, which announced the officer's arraignment for later Wednesday afternoon at the Alexandria Federal Courthouse in the nearby Virginia suburb.
Young, a resident of Fairfax, Virginia, "was arrested today on charges of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization," according to a Department of Justice press release.
He was questioned in 2010 about his association with Zachary Chesser, who at the time had already pleaded guilty to charges similar in nature to those Young is facing now. Young was then put under federal surveillance and had "numerous interactions with undercover law enforcement personnel and an FBI confidential human source (CHS) regarding his knowledge of and interest in terrorism-related activity."
Young is also alleged to have traveled to Libya, where he is accused of working with the rebels who tried to overthrow Muammar Qaddafi. During that trip, he allegedly brought body armor and other military protective items with him.
This is far from the first time an American citizen has been charged with helping the notorious global terror organization, but it was seemingly the first time a member of law enforcement has been involved in such allegations.
Several attacks on American soil have been waged in the name of ISIS in the past months, including most recently the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, that left 49 people dead and dozens more injured. In that instance, gunman Omar Mateen entered the gay nightclub and opened fire indiscriminately. During his attack, which included an hours-long standoff with police, Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.
Just last week a California man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for trying to join ISIS, CBS News reported.
This is a developing story.