Florence man gets 7 years in federal prison for receiving child porn

Zoe Buchli

A Florence man was sentenced on Wednesday to seven years in federal prison for receiving numerous child pornography files between 2017 and 2020. 

Jeffrey B. Zabolotney, 35, pleaded guilty in March to one count of receipt of child pornography, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. His 7 years in custody will be followed by a decade of supervised release, and he was ordered to pay $51,000 in restitution to the survivors. 

Senior U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy presided.

According to federal court documents, the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office got reports in November 2020 that Zabolotney was accessing sexually explicit content involving minors online, and that he possessed child porn on a digital storage device. 

Sheriff’s deputies executed search warrants on his house and seized multiple electronic devices, depicting children engaged in sexually explicit content. In May 2021, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) started working with the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office on the case, the press release states. 

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Law enforcement analyzed multiple devices used by Zabolotney. Between June 2017 and August 2020, according to court documents, Zabolotney received over 4,600 image files and

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