Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on July 14, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individual was arraigned:
CURTIS CHESTER SMITH, a 56-year-old resident of Billings, formerly of Kalispell, appeared on charges of receipt of child pornography, distribution of child pornography and destruction of property. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, SMITH 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 Cyndee L. Peterson is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Flathead County Sheriff's Office, the Billings Police Department, the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
The defendant 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.