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This local man had 82K files of child porn

David John Zdan Jr. (Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)
David John Zdan Jr. (Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)

VIRGINIA BEACH – A 40-year-old local man learned his fate Monday after being sentenced for five counts of distribution of child pornography and 34 counts of possession of child porn.

Circuit Court Judge H. Thomas Padrick sentenced David John Zdan Jr. to 50 years — 25 suspended, 25 supervised probation upon release and 25 years good behavior.

According to the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, on Jan. 30, 2017, Virginia Beach Police detectives identified an IP address collectively sharing unique files considered to be known or suspected images and videos of child pornography.

A subpoena for the IP address was issued. Police later found out the subscriber information belonged to Zdan, with a Virginia Beach address.

Prosecutors said detectives used Peer2Peer software for three months and received more than 20 partial downloads from the Zdan’s IP address with files “associated with acronyms commonly associated in child pornography nomenclature.”

A search warrant was executed April  5, 2017 Zdan’s home.  Local detectives and investigators from the Attorney General’s office conducted a detailed forensic examination of the Zdan’s computer and external hard drives.

Prosecutors said authorities found more than 82,000 files of child pornography.

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