Informational: Federal Court Arraignment
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on May 6, 2013, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby, the following individual was arraigned:
ZACHARY LEE BLASEG, a 36-year-old resident of Livingston, appeared on a charge of receipt of child pornography. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, BLASEG faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and lifetime supervision. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Ole Olson is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.
The defendant pled not guilty to the charge.
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.