Crime

Scott airman admits uploading bestiality, child porn online

An active duty U.S. Air Force airman pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to an obscenity charge after investigators learned he uploaded and shared pictures and videos containing bestiality and child pornography online.

Steven M. Zachman, who lives in Belleville and is stationed at Scott Air Force Base, admitted as part of a plea deal that the pictures and videos containing bestiality and 20 pictures containing child porn that he uploaded and shared on Tumblr between August and November 2013 were obscene.

According to the plea agreement, Zachman could face up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and up to three years probation.

Zachman also will be discharged from the Air Force and may be required to register as a sex offender.

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