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Paducah Man Sentenced to Over Twelve Years in Federal Prison for Possessing and Distributing Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Kentucky

Paducah, KY – A Paducah man was sentenced today to 12 years and 7 months in prison for federal child pornography offenses.

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge Jodi Cohen of the FBI Louisville Field Office, and Commissioner Phillip Burnett, Jr. of the Kentucky State Police made the announcement.

According to court documents, Zacharias Schlipf, 34, was sentenced to today 12 years and 7 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for possession and distribution of child pornography. A search warrant executed on Schlipf’s electronic devices revealed approximately 700 videos containing child pornography. There is no parole in the federal system. 

The case was investigated by the FBI Paducah Satellite Office and the Kentucky State Police Cyber Crimes Unit.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Leigh Ann Dycus, of the U.S. Attorney’s Paducah Branch Office, prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit  For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab “resources.”


Updated June 14, 2023