Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on September 12, 2013, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individual was arraigned:
CHARLES CROSBY, a 42-year-old resident of Trenton, New Jersey, appeared on charges of child exploitation enterprise and conspiracy to advertise child pornography. He is currently detained. If convicted of these charges, CROSBY faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 20 years to life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and 5 years to life supervised release for the child exploitation count; and possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 15 to 30 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and 5 years to life supervised release for the conspiracy to advertise child pornography count. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cyndee L. Peterson is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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.