Attorney General Thomas J. Donovan announced today that Ming Zhang of Waterbury, Vermont, was found guilty by a jury of five counts of possession of child pornography on June 28, 2018 in Vermont Superior Court, Washington County. Four of the counts were felonies and have potential sentences of up to five years in prison or a fine of up to $10,000.00 or both, while the remaining count is a misdemeanor with a potential penalty of up to two years in prison or a fine of up to $5,000 or both.
Mr. Zhang is being held for lack of $50,000 bail. He is scheduled to be sentenced at a later date.
The charges stemmed from an investigation involving the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, the Vermont State Police, Homeland Security Investigations, Waterbury Police Department, and the Vermont’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Vermont’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigates cases of child sexual exploitation occurring over the internet, including the production and online sharing of child pornography. This Task Force also provides forensic examination services, technical assistance, law enforcement training, and public education and outreach. The Attorney General’s Office, United States Attorney’s Office, Vermont State Police, and other county and municipal law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies are affiliated with the Task Force.
Last modified: July 3, 2018