Tilden Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Receiving Child Pornography
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Brian D. Benedict, age 33 of Tilden, Nebraska, was sentenced in federal court in Omaha for receiving child pornography. The Honorable Joseph F. Bataillon sentenced Benedict to a 60 month term of imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. After his release from prison Benedict will begin a five year term of supervised release and be required to register as a sex offender.
On January 23, 2013, an investigator with the Nebraska State Patrol was investigating individuals sharing child pornography on the internet. The investigator was successful in downloading a video of child pornography from Benedict’s computer. That same day an investigator from the Hastings Police Department successfully downloaded another video of child pornography from the same computer.
A warrant was issued for Benedict’s home in Tilden, Nebraska. Officers recovered 13 videos of child pornography and search terms designed to locate videos involving children as young as infants engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Benedict acknowledged searching for child pornography and downloading as many as 100 videos during the previous year.
U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Gilg acknowledged the work of the Nebraska State Patrol and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in the investigation of this matter.
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.