Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on December 11, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individuals were arraigned:
JASON CHARLES SHOUSE, a 36-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared on charges of (2) counts of sexual exploitation of children (production), penalties enhancement for sexual offenders, and possession of child pornography. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, SHOUSE faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison and could be sentenced to 50 years, a $250,000 fine, and lifetime supervision. In addition, SHOUSE faces an additional mandatory 10 year imprisonment, consecutive to any other sentence, for the penalties enhancement for sexual offenders.
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 Cascade County Sheriff's Office and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.
RONALD LEON LEESON, a 53-year-old resident of Black Eagle, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, and distribution of methamphetamine. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, LEESON faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $10,000,000 fine, and 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan G. Weldon is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Russell County Drug 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.