BALTIMORE, Md. - A Federalsburg man has been sentenced to 40 years behind bars, for two counts of producing child pornography.
On Friday, a judge sentenced 31-year-old Scott Zalewski to 40 years in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release and registration as a sex offender. According to the plea agreement, from July through August 2011, Zalewski took sexually explicit photographs of a child under the age of 12. Officials say several of those photos documented his sexual abuse of the girl, which he then emailed to another person.
The investigation started on January 2nd, 2013, when Zalewski's live in girlfriend reportedly gave Police the photos, saying she found them in his email account. Zalewski was arrested later that day, and a search of his email account found digital copies of those sexually explicit images of the victim, with more than a dozen emails being seized.
Police say they also seized a hard drive, and a laptop, where they found 45 images of child pornography, dating from 2008, along with records of chats where Zalewski discussed and exchanged child pornography with others, from between December 2006 and October 2007. On his cell phone, Police reportedly found discussion of child pornography on December 31, 2012 and January 1, 2013. Some text messages apparently had image attachments, but the images were deleted and could not be recovered.
Zalewski had previously pleaded guilty in Caroline County Circuit Court to a 2nd degree sex offense and a rape in the second degree and was sentenced to a total of 40 years in prison on those charges. Zalewski's state and federal sentences will be served concurrently.