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Informational: Federal Court Initial Appearance

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on May 31, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individual appeared:

RAYMOND DEAN SMITH, a 42-year-old resident of Helena, made an initial appearance on a complaint alleging sexual exploitation of children, receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography. SMITH came to the attention of law enforcement in Helena, Montana as a suspect in numerous incidents where he is alleged to have entered residences without permission. He is currently detained. If charged with these offenses, SMITH faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison and could be sentenced to 30 years, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision on the sexual exploitation of children charge; a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 20 years on the receipt of child pornography charge; and 10 years in prison on the possession of child pornography charge. 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, the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the Helena Police Department and the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office.

If anyone believes they have additional information regarding SMITH they are asked to contact Detective Bryan Fischer with the Helena Police Department at (406) 444-1476.

A complaint is merely a written statement of the essential facts constituting the offenses charged. The United States has thirty days from the date of the criminal complaint to present an indictment to a Grand Jury.



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