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 December 22, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individual was arraigned:
SCOTT ZEAN SHIGLEY, a 59-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared on charges of viewing child pornography and possession of child pornography. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, SHIGLEY faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 5 years up to lifetime supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cyndee L. Peterson is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The defendant pled not guilty to the charges.
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.