Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on September 17, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individual was arraigned:
KEITH CHRISTOPHER MADSEN, a 29-year-old resident of Helena, appeared on charges of receipt and possession of child pornography. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, MADSEN 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 conducted by the Veterans Administration - Office of Inspector General.
The defendant pled not guilty to the charge.
The charge, an indictment, information or complaint, is merely an accusation and any person named as a defendant is 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.