Federal Grand Jury Returns Indictments
|U.S. Attorney’s Office July 17, 2013|
MADISON, WI—A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned the following indictments today. A charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Stevens Point Man Faces Child Pornography Charges
Denis Gack, 35, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is charged with receiving a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct and possessing a cell phone containing such a visual depiction. The indictment alleges that on July 21, 2012, he received the child pornography via text message on his cellular phone.
If convicted, Gack faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum of 20 years in federal prison. The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Stevens Point Police Department. The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Pfluger.
Madison Man Charged with Gun Crime
Rashon Howard, 27, Madison, Wisconsin, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The indictment alleges that on July 2, 2013, he possessed a .22 caliber pistol.
If convicted, Howard faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Madison Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow.
Adams County Man Charged with Bank Robbery
Randy Glenn Paulson, 55, Friendship, Wisconsin, is charged with armed bank robbery and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. The indictment alleges that he robbed the Grand Marsh State Bank in Grand Marsh, Wisconsin, on July 3, 2013. The indictment further alleges that he brandished a firearm during the robbery.
Paulson was charged with this offense in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Madison on July 4. Federal law requires cases charged by complaint to be presented to a grand jury for indictment.
The complaint alleged that Paulson entered the bank armed with a handgun which he pointed at the tellers and announced, “This is a robbery.” It further alleged that after obtaining cash from the teller drawers, he approached a customer and demanded her car keys, but the customer did not respond, and a teller volunteered her car keys, which Paulson took and left the bank.
Paulson was arrested in Illinois on July 11 and is currently in custody. He made an initial appearance in federal court in Madison on July 12, and his arraignment is scheduled for July 19.
If convicted, Paulson faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on the bank robbery charge and a mandatory minimum of seven years to a maximum of life in prison on the brandishing a firearm charge. The charges against Paulson are the result of an investigation conducted by the Madison Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Adams County Sheriff’s Department, with assistance from the Villa Park, Illinois Police Department and the Chicago Field Office of the FBI. The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Grant C. Johnson.
Madison Woman Charged with Theft from Mail
Sarah R. Bremer, 52, Madison, Wisconsin, is charged with three counts of mail theft by a postal employee. The indictment alleges that she stole mail and articles contained within mail on November 28, November 30, and December 8, 2011, which came into her possession by virtue of her employment at the U.S. Postal Service Processing and Distribution Center in Madison.
If convicted, Bremer faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison on each count. The charges against her are the result of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy M. O’Shea.