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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Federal Grand Jury Indictments

United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that a Federal Grand Jury in Greenville, South Carolina, returned Indictments against the following:

Spartanburg Man Indicted on Federal Gun Charge. Jhaquan M. Brown, age 28, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, was charged in a one-count indictment with possession of a firearm and ammunition by a prohibited person, violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1).  The maximum penalty Brown could face is a fine of $250,000.00 and/or imprisonment of 10 years.  This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Explosives, and Firearms and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Wells of the Greenville office.

Spartanburg Man Indicted on Federal Gun Charge. Rosean Cerome Kelly, age 26, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, was charged in a two-count superseding indictment with possession of a firearm and ammunition by a prohibited person, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1). The maximum penalty Kelly could face is a fine of $250,000.00 and/or imprisonment of 10 years. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Wells of the Greenville office.

Easley Resident Indicted on Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography.  William F.  Haynes, age 60, of Easley, South Carolina was charged in a 2-count indictment.  William F.  Haynes was charged with Possession of Child Pornography, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2252A(a)(5)(B) and 2252A(b)(2), and Distribution of Child Pornography, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(2).  The maximum penalty Haynes could receive is 20 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000.  The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William J. Watkins, Jr. of the Greenville office for prosecution.

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Firearms Offenses
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Contact: 
Lance Crick (864) 282-2105
Updated December 13, 2017