Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on November 29, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, the following individual was arraigned:
CHRISTOPHER ANTHONY QUINN, a 48-year-old resident of Troy, appeared on charges of distribution of child pornography and receipt of child pornography. He is currently released on special conditions. If convicted of these charges, QUINN 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 Missoula Police Department, the Missoula Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Security Investigations, and the Bozeman Police Department.
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.