Informational: Federal Court Arraignments
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on August 27, 2013, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, the following individuals were arraigned:
KERMIT "CASH" MORSETTE, a 32-year-old resident of Box Elder, appeared on a charge of aggravated sexual abuse/aiding and abetting. He is currently detained on special conditions. If convicted of this charge, MORSETTE faces possible penalties of life in prison, a $250,000 fine, and 5 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Danna R. Jackson is the prosecutor for the United States. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
IRAN MICHAEL KESSELMAN, a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, appeared on a charge of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. He is currently detained. If convicted of this charge, KESSELMAN faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine, and 3 years supervised release. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paulette L. Stewart is the prosecutor for the United States.
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.