A Livingston man this week admitted to federal charges of possessing child pornography.

Zachary Lee Blaseg, 36, pleaded guilty to possession of child porn as charged in a superseding information during a hearing before Senior U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy in Billings on Thursday.

An indictment charging Blaseg with receipt of child porn is to be dismissed under the terms of a plea agreement.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Ole Olson said a Montana Division of Criminal Investigation agent who was conducting an investigation into child porn file-sharing networks downloaded several child porn files from an Internet address that belonged to Blaseg in Livingston.

The agent executed a search warrant at the address on Oct. 15 and seized two custom computers belonging to Blaseg. The agent arrested Blaseg later that day on the campus of Montana State University, where he was a student, Olson said.

Blaseg admitted to using the computers to download child porn. A search of the computers found 477 videos and 2,299 images of child porn that had been downloaded from 2004 to 2012, Olson said.

Blaseg faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine. Molloy set sentencing for Sept. 18 and ordered Blaseg to remain in custody.





Federal court and county reporter for The Billings Gazette.