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Informational: Federal Court Initial Appearance

Monday, January 10, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on January 10, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individual appeared:

WILLIAM RICHARD NIELSEN, a 24-year-old resident of Missoula, made an initial appearance on a complaint alleging coercion and enticement of a minor. He is currently detained. If charged with this offense, NIELSEN faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cyndee L. Peterson is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Missoula Police Department.

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