Jackson County Man Indicted for Federal Child Pornography Offenses
PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA – Ralph Herman Fox Jr., 60, of Graceville, Florida, was arraigned today in the U.S. District Court in Panama City after a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging him with production and possession of child pornography. The indictment was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
The indictment alleges that, between June 2015, and September 2016, Fox enticed a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct to produce a visual depiction. The indictment further alleges that, in September 2016, Fox possessed child pornography. The defendant is in custody. The trial is scheduled for October 16, 2017, at 8:15 a.m.
The case is being investigated by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher J. Thielemann.
An indictment is merely an allegation by a grand jury that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law and is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
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