Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on November 6, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individuals were arraigned:
SCOTT ARTHUR PARENT, a 54-year-old resident of Helena, appeared on a charge of failure to register as a sexual offender. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, PARENT faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia Hurd is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the United States Marshals Service.
DUSTIN ROY GILPIN, a 33-year-old resident of Kalispell, appeared on a charge of receipt of child pornography. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, GILPIN faces possible penalties of a minimum mandatory five years in prison up to twenty years in prison, a $250,000 fine and at least 5 years up to lifetime supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cyndee L. Peterson is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by a cooperative effort between the Flathead County Sheriff's Office, Montana Department of Criminal Investigations, and Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
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.