Scott AFB airman pleads guilty to transporting obscene images

EAST ST. LOUIS — Belleville resident, Steven M. Zachman, an active duty airman stationed at Scott Air Force Base pleaded guilty in federal district court Friday 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.

Zachman is scheduled for sentencing on July 24, 2015, at 11 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.