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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Indiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 30, 2021

Valparaiso Man Sentenced to 151 Months of Imprisonment

For Distribution of Child Pornography

HAMMOND-Christopher F. Zinanni, 34, of Valparaiso was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Phillip Simon upon his plea of guilty to one count of distribution of child pornography, announced Acting United States Attorney Tina L. Nommay.

Zinanni was sentenced to 151 months in prison followed by 15 years of supervised release.

According to documents in this case, Zinanni drew the attention of law enforcement personnel when he distributed child pornography to an undercover agent on the Whisper social media platform. An investigation revealed Zinnani distributed disturbing images of child pornography, including a graphic image of prepubescent females, to other individuals over the internet in an effort to trade them for additional images of child pornography.

This case was the result of Investigation by Department of Homeland Security Investigations with the assistance of the Hammond Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jill Koster and Molly Kelley

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated July 30, 2021