Christopher Skipper had his first court appearance this morning in Greenville before Magistrate Judge Kimberly A. Swank.
Swank set Skipper’s detention hearing for Tuesday at 11 a.m.
She also signed an order appointing a public defender in the case. “Defendant having demonstrated eligibility for appointment of counsel at government expense, the Federal Public Defender is directed to provide representation in this action,” the order said. “The court further determines that the defendant is unable to pay the fees of any witness, and pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure the clerk shall issue a subpoena for any witness necessary to present an adequate defense to the pending charge or charges.”
Skipper was arrested Wednesday after a federal grand jury earlier this month returned an 11-count indictment against him for receiving and possessing child ponography.
The true bills were returned following an investigation by the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Department of Homeland Security.
Counts 1 through 10 of the indictment charge Skipper, beginning on April 14, received digital and computer images in files which had been mailed, shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce.
The productions involved the use of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
Count 11 charges he possessed child pornography which involved minor or minors who had not yet reached the age of 12 engaging in sexually explicit conduct.