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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 17, 2015

Scott AFB Airman Pleads Guilty To Obscenity Charge

Belleville resident, Steven M. Zachman, an active duty airman stationed at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, pled guilty in federal district court today to a one-count felony information charging that he knowingly transported obscene matters in interstate commerce, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Zachman is scheduled for sentencing on July 24, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. before the Honorable David R. Herndon, United States District Judge. Zachman faces a maximum penalty of 5 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years supervised release.

Court documents indicate that from August to November, 2013, Zachman knowingly used the photosharing and social networking website, Tumblr.com, to upload to the Internet digital images and videos depicting graphic bestiality, as well as approximately 20 images of prepubescent minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. As part of his plea, Zachman admitted that the images he uploaded were obscene.

The case was investigated by the United States Air Force, Office of Special Investigations, and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Nathan D. Stump.

Updated April 17, 2015