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Years of surveillance leads to terror charge against officer

  • Law enforcement officers stand outside the home of Nicholas Young, a Washington Metro Transit Officer, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, in Fairfax, Va., Young was arrested at Metro's headquarters in Washington and charged with a single count of attempting to provided material support to a terrorist group. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Law enforcement officers stand outside the home of Nicholas Young, a Washington Metro Transit Officer, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, in Fairfax, Va., Young was arrested at Metro's headquarters in Washington and charged with a single count of attempting to provided material support to a terrorist group. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)  (The Associated Press)

  • Law enforcement officers are seen outside the home of Nicholas Young, a Washington Metro Transit Officer, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, in Fairfax, Va., Young was arrested at Metro's headquarters in Washington and charged with a single count of attempting to provided material support to a terrorist group. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Law enforcement officers are seen outside the home of Nicholas Young, a Washington Metro Transit Officer, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, in Fairfax, Va., Young was arrested at Metro's headquarters in Washington and charged with a single count of attempting to provided material support to a terrorist group. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)  (The Associated Press)

  • A law enforcement officer walks on the street outside the home of Nicholas Young, a Washington Metro Transit Officer, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, in Fairfax, Va., Young was arrested at Metro's headquarters in Washington and charged with a single count of attempting to provided material support to a terrorist group. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    A law enforcement officer walks on the street outside the home of Nicholas Young, a Washington Metro Transit Officer, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, in Fairfax, Va., Young was arrested at Metro's headquarters in Washington and charged with a single count of attempting to provided material support to a terrorist group. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)  (The Associated Press)

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.