Criminal Justice News

Friday, August 31, 2012

Zakory Ian Boroszuk Sentenced in U.S. District Court

The United States Attorney’s Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on August 29, 2012, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, Zakory Ian Boroszuk, a 23-year-old resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing. Boroszuk was sentenced to a term of:

■Prison: 97 months
■Special assessment: $100
■Forfeiture: computer equipment
■Supervised release: seven years

Boroszuk was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to receipt of child pornography.

In an offer of proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

Law enforcement officers were investigating allegations of child pornography access by users utilizing the peer-to-peer file sharing network. One investigation involved a person in Billings who had child pornography available to share via a file sharing program. A search warrant was obtained for the residence and served on January 25, 2011.

Boroszuk was one of the occupants of the residence. When questioned, Boroszuk admitted that he used the peer-to-peer file sharing program Limewire to receive and possess hundreds of child pornography videos and images. He detailed the search terms he used to find child pornography on Limewire, how he saved it to various computers and other equipment, and how he had been doing so since the age of 13.

Agents seized various computer equipment at Boroszuk’s residence. A forensic examination revealed hundreds of images and movies of child pornography that Boroszuk had received via the Internet for years and continuing until the equipment was seized. Boroszuk possessed images and movies of children clearly prepubescent and children engaged in sadistic or masochistic abuse or other depictions of violence. Boroszuk possessed a total of 444 images and 177 videos of child pornography on his equipment.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the “truth in sentencing” guidelines mandate that Boroszuk will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, Boroszuk does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for “good behavior.” However, this reduction will not exceed 15 percent of the overall sentence.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Billings Police Department, and the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.

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