January 3, 2023
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, announced that Zachary Dosch pleaded guilty on Dec. 20, 2022, to cyberstalking, receipt of child pornography, and distribution of child pornography. Dosch, 23, of Albuquerque, will remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.
According to court records, on Nov. 30, 2019, a Snapchat user reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that the user had received threats through Snapchat, and that a friend had received possible child sexual abuse material (CSAM). Both the threat and the CSAM were sent from an account with the same username as a Kik profile used by Dosch. Additionally, from Oct. 29, 2019, through May 12, 2021, NCMEC received numerous Cybertips regarding CSAM related to a Discord username associated with Dosch.
In his plea agreement, Dosch admitted that beginning at least in October 2019 and continuing until his arrest on June 17, 2021, he targeted minors online for sexual extortion, and, using various social media platforms, received, uploaded and shared CSAM. He also acknowledged extorting sexually explicit material from minors and causing them significant emotional distress.
By the terms of the plea agreement, Dosch faces up to 50 years in prison and will be required to register as a sex offender.
The FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office and the Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory as part of the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. The ICAC Task Force Program is a nation-wide network of task forces including over 90 federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies in New Mexico dedicated to investigating, prosecuting and developing effective responses to Internet crimes against children.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Mease is prosecuting the case as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and DOJ’s Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/.
For more information on sextortion and how to get help, visit the FBI website.
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