This local man had 82K files of child porn

David John Zdan Jr. (Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)
David John Zdan Jr. (Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)

VIRGINIA BEACH – A 40-year-old local man learned his fate Monday after being sentenced for five counts of distribution of child pornography and 34 counts of possession of child porn.

Circuit Court Judge H. Thomas Padrick sentenced David John Zdan Jr. to 50 years — 25 suspended, 25 supervised probation upon release and 25 years good behavior.

According to the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, on Jan. 30, 2017, Virginia Beach Police detectives identified an IP address collectively sharing unique files considered to be known or suspected images and videos of child pornography.

A subpoena for the IP address was issued. Police later found out the subscriber information belonged to Zdan, with a Virginia Beach address.

Prosecutors said detectives used Peer2Peer software for three months and received more than 20 partial downloads from the Zdan’s IP address with files “associated with acronyms commonly associated in child pornography nomenclature.”

A search warrant was executed April  5, 2017 Zdan’s home.  Local detectives and investigators from the Attorney General’s office conducted a detailed forensic examination of the Zdan’s computer and external hard drives.

Prosecutors said authorities found more than 82,000 files of child pornography.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.