September 14, 2016
PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA – David Michael Hobby Rossner, 35, of Panama City, was arraigned today in the U.S. District Court in Panama City after a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging him with production, receipt, distribution, 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, in December 2015, Rossner persuaded a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing child pornography. The indictment further alleges that, during various dates in 2015 and 2016, Rossner received, distributed, and possessed child pornography. The trial is scheduled for November 21, 2016, at 8:15 a.m.
The case is being investigated by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations and the Bay 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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