Omaha Man Sentenced to 5 years for Child Pornography
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Samuel Myers, 46, was sentenced in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska for receiving and distributing child pornography. The Honorable Joseph F. Bataillon sentenced Myers to the custody of the United States Bureau of Prisons for five (5) years. There is no parole in the federal system. After his release from prison Myers will begin a five year term of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender.
The sentencing stemmed from an undercover investigation by officers of the Nebraska State Patrol and the FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force. Officers discovered child pornography being shared online from an IP address assigned to Myers’s home.
Officers were able to download images of child pornography from Myers’s computer. A search warrant was served at his home on October 26, 2011. Myers was shown the images downloaded from his computer and admitted to having viewed them. The images involved four to nine year old girls engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Myers admitted to using search terms for child pornography specific to locating images of prepubescent minors.
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.This matter was investigated by the Omaha FBI's Cyber Crime Task Force (CCTF), of which the Nebraska State Patrol, is a partner. The Omaha CCTF is a multi-jurisdictional task force consisting of eleven federal, state and local law enforcement agencies from Nebraska and Iowa. The mission of the Omaha CCTF is to investigate and apprehend high technology criminals and to protect our communities by preventing high technology crime and national security threats involving computers and computer networks. The Omaha CCTF was established on the premise that the capabilities of law enforcement agencies to investigate computer and high technology related crimes are enhanced in a task force setting involving the sharing of resources and expertise.