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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on July 27, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals were arraigned:

GILBERT GEORGE WALKS, JR., a 47-year-old resident of Crow Agency, appeared on a charge of sexual abuse. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, WALKS 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 a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

ROBERT TIMOTHY SWANK, SR., a 52-year-old resident of Crow Agency, appeared on a charge of aggravated sexual abuse. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, SWANK faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 30 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $250,000 fine and a mandatory minimum of 5 years to life supervised release. 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.

PHILLIP JEFF GLEN, a resident of Billings, appeared on charges of distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, GLEN 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 Homeland Security Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

SERGIO ALVAREZ-GONZALEZ, a 25-year-old citizen of Mexico, appeared on a charge of illegal re-entry. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, ALVAREZ-GONZALEZ faces possible penalties of 2 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 1 year supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations.

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.

 

 

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