Feds: Stillwater sex offender given 15 years in child pornography case

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ALBANY A Stillwater sex offender was sentenced Friday to 15 years in federal prison in a child pornography transportation and possession case, federal prosecutors said.

Zachary L. Duchesne, 27, of Stillwater, pleaded guilty earlier, admitting to using a Dropbox account to store, possess and view images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children from December 2017 to June 2019, prosecutors said.

He also admitted to periodically transferring child pornography videos into his Dropbox account and to using the stored child pornography as a form of “currency” to trade with other people, prosecutors said.

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Duchesne has been in custody since his arrest in July 2020. He has a prior state conviction related to child pornography possession, prosecutors said.

He was also ordered to pay $36,000 in restitution to victims whose abuse was depicted in the images he possessed, prosecutors said.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, with assistance from the Stillwater Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

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