LOGAN — A 25-year-old Logan man has been sentenced to jail and therapy for downloading child pornography.
Zachary Wallin appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning. In November he accepted a plea deal, pleading guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a child, a second-degree felony. As part of the agreement, state prosecutors dropped nine remaining charges.
Wallin was arrested after more than 1,100 images of child pornography was found on his personal computer. Logan City Police seized the computer while conducting a search warrant, after agents with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) tracked the porn to Wallin’s computer IP address.
During Monday’s sentencing, state attorney Barbara Lachmar said investigators believed Wallin may have also tried to access additional images on a Utah State University computer, where he was employed. They later decided not to pursue more charges after Wallin cooperated with investigators and agreed to get counseling help.
Wallin’s defense attorney, Wayne Caldwell told the court his client was someone with great potential aside from his pornography addiction.
Judge Thomas Willmore told Wallin, what makes child pornography so bad is that the children who are victims cannot be rescued. He sentenced him to 210-days in jail with work release. He also ordered him to complete sex offender therapy and have no contact with children.
Lachmar said Wallin’s case points out how addictive child pornography is in our society.
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