FAIRFIELD MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN FEDERAL CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CASE

FAIRFIELD MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN FEDERAL CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CASE

BENTON, IL — A 31-year-old Fairfield man pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to one count of a seven-count indictment on child pornography charges.

Christopher Zachman is facing the possibility of between 8 and 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced February 25, 2020, in the federal courthouse in Benton.

Zachman’s plea was made in exchange for the remaining counts in the indictment being dismissed.

Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigations arrested Zachman earlier this year while he was at work in Mt. Vernon.

According to federal court documents, Fairfield police officers responded to Zachman’s home in June 2017 in response to a domestic battery complaint. During the arrest, another resident of the home told the officers that Zachman had a cell phone in the basement and that the phone had child pornography on it. The resident retrieved the phone for the officers and it was later confirmed that several files containing child pornography had been downloaded to the phone and then subsequently shared from the phone.

Federal agents recovered 20 video files and 51 images of child pornography from Zachman’s phone and the images were then sent to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children for victim identification assistance.

Of the files seized from Zachman, children in 18 of the images and in 11 of the video files were identified.

In respect to the image identified in Count 4, the count Zachman pleaded guilty to, the victim was identified as an 8 to 12-year-old child.

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