SHERIDAN — A Sheridan man pleaded not guilty in 4th Judicial District Court on Thursday to sexual exploitation of children.
John Zullig Jr., 41, was arrested by deputies of the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office last month after child pornography was found in his home.
According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Sheridan County Attorney and Prosecutor Matt Redle, a confidential witness approached law enforcement and indicated that in 2005, Zullig had shown the witness Polaroid photographs depicting a 12-year-old girl in sexually explicit positions.
Based on information given in that interview, investigators secured a warrant to search Zullig’s house and found an envelope containing seven photographs in a cabinet in his bedroom. Two of the photos matched the description provided by the witness.
Zullig first appeared in Sheridan County Circuit Court, where Judge Shelley Cundiff assigned a bond of $10,000 cash or 10 percent, which means $1,000 was posted. District Court Judge John Fenn continued Zullig’s bond at Thursday’s arraignment and set a trial date for June 18.
Zullig is also presently serving a one-year probationary period after he pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana last summer.
Sexual exploitation of children is a felony punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and 10 years in prison.