Ogallala Man Sentenced For Child Pornography
Darren Relerford Jr., 24, of Ogallala, Nebraska, was sentenced for receiving and distributing child pornography. The Honorable Joseph F. Bataillon sentenced Relerford to a five year term of imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. After his release from prison Relerford will begin a five year term of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender.
On December 2, 2010, an Investigator with the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office was conducting an undercover investigation looking for individuals offering to share child pornography. The Investigator was able to download from Relerford’s computer eight files of child pornography.
A search warrant was served on Relerford’s residence in Ogallala. His computer was seized and fifty-eight videos of child pornography were located. Nearly all of the videos depicted prepubescent children. The majority of the videos involved prepubescent children being sexually assaulted by adults.
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.