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Informational: Federal Court Arraignments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 23, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on July 19, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individuals were arraigned:

WAYNE ALAN PARTIN, a 52-year-old resident of Butte, appeared on charges of Count I: conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, Count II: possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances, Count III: maintaining drug-involved premises, and Count IV: accessing with intent to view child pornography. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, PARTIN faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine, and 3 years supervised release on each of Counts I, II, and III. On Count IV, PARTIN faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Timothy J. Racicot and Cyndee L. Peterson are the prosecutors for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Security Investigations and the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Agency.

JON PITNEY CRANDALL, a 46-year-old resident of Coram, appeared on a charge of receipt of child pornography. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, CRANDALL 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 Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the Flathead Sheriff's Office, and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.

JACK HENRY SWEARINGEN, a 48-year-old resident of Seeley, appeared on (2) counts of receipt of child pornography. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, SWEARINGEN faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison and could be sentenced to 40 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 Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, Adult Probation, the Missoula County Sheriff's Office, the Missoula Police Department and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.

CASSANDRA JOAN FADNESS, a 61-year-old resident of Boulder, appeared on a charge of theft of government money. She is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, FADNESS faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Chad C. Spraker is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General.

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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