William Fredrick Schroeder Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Helena, on July 8, 2013, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, WILLIAM FREDRICK SCHROEDER, a 31-year-old resident of Livingston, pled guilty to receipt of child pornography. Sentencing has been set for October 16, 2013. He is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Ole Olson, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On February 13, 2013, "S", a 13-year-old child in Helena, disclosed to her mother that she had engaged in sexual intercourse with SCHROEDER earlier that day.
Later on February 13, 2013, members of the Helena Police Department placed SCHROEDER under arrest and seized two cellular telephones from him.
Still later on February 13, 2013, when interviewed SCHROEDER admitted that he had engaged in sexual intercourse earlier that day with "S." SCHROEDER stated he believed "S" was 17-years-old.
SCHROEDER's girlfriend was also interviewed who stated she had previously advised SCHROEDER that "S" was only 13-years-old.
SCHROEDER 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.
The investigation was conducted by the Helena Police Department.