Posted: Sep 19, 2013 4:36 PM by MTN News
Updated: Sep 19, 2013 5:39 PM
A Livingston man is facing more than 6 years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.
Zachary Lee Blaseg, 36, was sentenced Wednesday after appearing before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy.
According to court documents, an investigation by the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation to identify people who use peer-to-peer file sharing networks to download, distribute and possess child pornography. An agent was able to download files containing child pornography that came from Blaseg's IP address.
On Oct. 15, 2012, a search warrant was executed and Blaseg's computers were seized. Later that day, Blaseg was arrest on the MSU campus in Bozeman on an unrelated traffic warrant. Upon further questioning, Blaseg admitted to owning the seized computers and that he had been searching for and downloading child pornography. He confirmed that a large amount of child pornography would be found on the computers.
A forensic examiner conducted a forensic examination on the computers seized from Blaseg's bedroom. Between the two computer towers, the examiner found a total of 477 videos of child pornography and 2,299 images of child pornography. Some of the images portrayed prepubescent children. Some of the images portrayed children engaged in sadistic or masochistic conduct.