LOGAN — A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for a 28-year-old Logan man suspected of downloading child pornography. Zachary P. Stocker was originally arrested earlier this year.
Stocker appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He was previously charged with 20 counts of sexual exploitation of a child, a second-degree felony.
In February, agents with the Internet Crimes Against Children’s Task Force began investigating Stocker after they allegedly traced the illegal images to his Island neighborhood apartment. A search warrant was served to his residence, where electronic devices were seized and he was taken into custody.
During Tuesday’s court appearance, defense attorney Ray Malouf asked for the preliminary hearing. During that time, Judge Brian Cannell will determine whether prosecutors have sufficient evidence to bind Stocker over for trial.
Judge Cannell scheduled the hearing for February 5 but expressed concern about whether attorneys will be asking him to review the evidence.
Malouf said he didn’t expect the court would to have to evaluate any of the suspicious material. He explained that they may even waive their right to the hearing if he and prosecutors are able work out a plea agreement.
Stocker remains out of jail after previously posting $70,000 bail. As part of his pretrial release, he is prohibited from having access to the internet or interactions with anyone under the age of 18. He could face up to 15-years in prison if convicted.