Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on August 31, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individuals were arraigned:
GILBERT WALKS, JR., a 47-year-old resident of Crow Agency, appeared on charges of sexual exploitation of children, sexual abuse, possession of child pornography and being a felon-in-possession of ammunition. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, WALKS faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison and could be sentenced to 50 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation.
WILLIAM BARRY VAN HOOK, a 54-year-old resident of Sidney, appeared on a charge of filing false tax returns. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, VAN HOOK faces possible penalties of 3 years in prison, a $100,000 fine and 1 year supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan M. Archer is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service.
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.