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Judge sentences St. Louis County man to 30 years in prison for production of child pornography charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri

ST. LOUIS, MO – United States District Judge Rodney W. Sippel sentenced Zachary Hamby to 30 years in prison today after the 30-year-old Florissant, Missouri resident’s guilty plea to four counts of production of child pornography and two counts of attempted production of child pornography. Judge Sippel sentenced Hamby’s co-defendant, Heather McDorman, to 288 months in prison in October.

According to court documents, between February 1, 2018 and March 12, 2018, Hamby directed McDorman to take pornographic photographs of children in restrooms at South County Mall, Walmart, other area malls, park bathrooms and a church bathroom. McDorman, at the direction of co-defendant Hamby, also sexually abused a child and photographed and live-streamed some of the abuse for Hamby to view. The abuse was filmed using an iPhone, which had traveled in interstate commerce.

The St. Louis County Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case. Assistant United States Attorney Colleen Lang handled the case.



Venton Blandin

Updated January 6, 2021

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