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Pine Bush Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Distribution And Receipt Of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that ZACHARY HUEBSCH was sentenced to 10 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Karas for distribution and receipt of child pornography.  The sentencing today followed HUEBSCH’s guilty plea on May 24, 2023.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: “The defendant’s conduct was abhorrent and illustrates the danger that online predators pose to vulnerable members of our community, our children.  As today’s sentencing demonstrates, we will use all of the law enforcement tools available to us to prosecute and punish those who exploit children.”

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in related court proceedings:

HUEBSCH communicated on Discord, a social media application, with a 12-year-old minor (“Victim-1”) in July and August of 2021.  Using the Discord username “yourdarkmaster2,” HUEBSCH instructed Victim-1 to engage in various sexual acts and to perform those acts on live-streaming video.  HUEBSCH preserved sexually explicit images of Victim-1 from those live-streaming sessions.  HUEBSCH also discussed meeting with Victim-1 in person to engage in sexual activity, and he sent her a screenshot of a map of a park near Victim-1’s house with a suggested location at which to meet.

The investigation concerning HUEBSCH began following a report from Victim-1’s mother concerning the mother’s discovery of communications on Victim-1’s phone that concerned her. 

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In addition to the prison term, HEUBSCH, 25, of Pine Bush, New York, was sentenced to 10 years of supervised release.

Mr. Williams praised the efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force, the Town of Crawford Police Department, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in connection with this investigation.           

The prosecution is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia S. Cohen is in charge of the prosecution.  


Nicholas Biase
(212) 637-2600

Updated November 16, 2023

Press Release Number: 23-401