Holdrege Man Sentenced for Receipt and Distribution of Child Pornography
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Kyle Soderholm, age 30 of Holdrege, Nebraska, was sentenced on June 7, 2012, in Lincoln, Nebraska, to 7 years in prison by Senior United States District Judge Richard G. Kopf, for receipt and distribution of child pornography. After his release from prison, Soderholm will be required to serve a 5 year term of supervised release and be registered as a sex offender.
While conducting an undercover operation in September of 2010, an agent with the FBI signed onto a peer-to-peer file sharing computer internet network and engaged in a chat with an individual who then shared the password to his directory, in which the investigator observed images of child pornography. Through a subpoena served on the individual’s internet service provider, it was determined the individual’s IP address was assigned to Soderholm.
A search warrant was executed at Soderholm’s residence by Special Agents of the FBI and investigators of the Nebraska State Patrol in January of 2011. More than 200 videos and approximately 1,000 digital images depicting child pornography were found on Soderholm’s computers and other storage media.
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 case was investigated by the FBI and Nebraska State Patrol.