Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on April 28, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individual was arraigned:
ROGER DEAN SNAKE, a 58-year-old resident of Lame Deer, which is within the exterior boundaries of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, appeared on charges of aggravated sexual assault and sexual abuse of a minor. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, SNAKE faces possible penalties of 30 years to 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 a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
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.