Boise man arrested, charged with sexual exploitation of a child, authorities say

Posted at 6:57 PM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 20:57:55-04

This article was originally published by Ruth Brown in the Idaho Statesman.

The Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Unit arrested a Boise man Tuesday for suspected sexual exploitation of a child.

Zane Beckman, 27, was charged Tuesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho.

A copy of Beckman’s criminal complaint states that authorities received a cybertip about his alleged communication with a child; the mother of a 10-year-old girl reported it. Beckman is accused of asking the girl to send him naked photos of herself. A copy of the complaint alleges that Beckman sent the girl photos of himself.

The complaint goes on to outline two prior incidents that local authorities were aware of in which Beckman was accused of having sexual contact with juvenile girls, one in 2010 and one in 2014. He was never criminally charged in either of the incidents, according to the complaint.

The Boise Police Department, United States Postal Inspection Service and FBI assisted the ICAC Unit, according to the Idaho Attorney General’s Office.

Anyone with information regarding the exploitation of children is encouraged to contact local police, the Attorney General’s ICAC Unit at 208-947-8700, or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.