Belleville: Dennert Indicted for Producing Child Pornography

Belleville Man, Zachary Dennert Indicted for Producing Child Pornography

EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (STL.News) A St. Clair County man is under federal indictment on multiple charges involving producing and distributing sexually explicit images of minors.  Zachary Dennert, 19, of Belleville, Illinois, is accused of coercing two minors, including one under the age of 12 years old, to produce visual depictions of sexually explicit conduct.  The offenses occurred between January and August 2020.

The four-count federal indictment further alleges that Dennert transported images of a third minor victim in August 2020 and distributed an image of child pornography over the internet in September 2020.

On May 26, 2021, Dennert appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Mark A. Beatty and entered
a not guilty plea.  He is being held in custody pending a detention hearing next week.

Each count of producing child pornography is punishable by at least 15 years and up to 30 years in
prison.  For the other charges, Dennert faces a possible penalty of 5-20 years’ imprisonment.  All
four counts are also punishable by a fine of up to $250,000.

An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty
beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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