North Platte Man Sentenced For Child Pornography
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning and the North Platte Police Department announced Timothy W. Burger, 41, of North Platte, Nebraska was sentenced in federal court at Omaha, Nebraska for receiving and distributing child pornography. The Honorable Joseph F. Bataillon sentenced Burger to a five year term of imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. After his release from prison Burger will begin a 10 year term of supervised release and will further be required to register as a sex offender.
The case was investigated by the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office’s Rural Cyber Crimes Task Force and the North Platte Police Department. Investigators with the Rural Cyber Crimes Task Force conduct investigations into the receipt and distribution of child pornography and the exploitation of children. Investigators found probable cause to believe that a computer in a residence shared by Burger was downloading images of child pornography.
On November 22, 2010, Investigators from the Attorney General’s office and officers of the North Platte Police Department served a search warrant at Burger’s home. Forensic analysis of the computers by the North Platte Police Department revealed more than forty videos of child pornography. Burger admitted downloading the videos by using a file sharing program. The majority of videos depicted prepubescent females being violated by adult males.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.