Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on June 25, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individuals were arraigned:
RUSSELL J. BRADNEY, a 49-year-old resident of Sacramento, California, appeared on two charges of distribution of child pornography. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, BRADNEY faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 20 years, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Helena Police Department, and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.
ROBERT GLENN LONGEE, a 31-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared on a charge of aggravated sexual abuse. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, LONGEE faces possible penalties of life in prison, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The defendants pled not guilty to the charges.
The charge, an indictment, information or complaint, is merely an accusation and all persons named as defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A pre-trial conference and a trial date will be set and the United States will be required to prove the allegations set forth in the indictment beyond a reasonable doubt.