Valley Man Sentenced to 87 Months for Receiving Child Pornography
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Tanner D. Jurgens, 34, of Valley was sentenced in the United States District Court in Omaha for receiving and distributing child pornography. The Honorable John M. Gerrard sentenced Jurgens to 87 months of imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. After his release from prison Jurgens will begin a ten year term of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender.
On February 15, 2013, investigators with the FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force served a search warrant seeking evidence of child pornography at Jurgen’s home in Valley, Nebraska. Forty (40) videos and 800 images of child pornography were located on computers in the residence. The videos included a substantial number of prepubescent children engaged in sexual acts.
Jurgens admitted to downloading and deleting child pornography over a twenty (20) year period. A review of the search terms used by Jurgens to locate child pornography included terms seeking images of 3, 6, 7 and 10 year old children.
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 Attorney’s 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.