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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Federal Grand Jury Indcitments

Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that a Federal Grand Jury in Greenville, South Carolina, returned Indictment(s) against the following:

Anderson County Resident Indicted for Possession of Child Pornograph
David D. Survilas, age 46, of Walhalla, South Carolina, was charged in a 1-count Indictment with possession of child pornography. The maximum penalty Survilas could receive is not more than twenty (20) years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.00. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William J. Watkins, Jr., of the Greenville office for prosecution.

Foreign Nationals Charged with Illegal Re-entry
Jorge Hernandez-Morales, Nestor Perez-Antonio, Gerson David Ordonez-Irias, Ramon Alvarez-Ornelas, and Francisco Martinez-Sebastian were each charged in Indictments with illegal re-entry to the United States, a violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326. The maximum penalty each could receive, depending on their prior criminal history, is two to twenty years imprisonment. These cases were investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and are assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Max Cauthen of the Greenville office for prosecution.

Individual Indicted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
Paul Edward Philson, Jr., was charged in a 1-count Indictment with failure to register as a sex offender, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2250. The maximum penalty Philson could receive is ten years imprisonment. The case was investigated by agents of the United States Marshals Service and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Max Cauthen of the Greenville office for prosecution.

The United States Attorney stated that all charges in these Indictments are merely accusations and that all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Updated February 12, 2015