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Montana Man Indicted for Possessing and Distributing Child Pornography

July 3, 2012
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Belgrade, Montana, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for possessing and distributing child pornography on his computer.

Michael Blackburn, age 62, was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 19, 2012, for Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on June 25, 2012, and pleaded not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 20 years' imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine. The charges are merely accusations, and Blackburn is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins is prosecuting the case. Blackburn was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal. A trial date has not yet been set.



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