Lincoln Man Sentenced for Receipt and Distribution of Child Pornography
Contact: Jan Sharp, Criminal Chief
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Robert F. Righter, 28, of Lincoln, Nebraska., was sentenced on November 2, 2011, in Lincoln, Nebraska, to 10 years in prison by United States District Judge Richard G. Kopf, for receipt and distribution of child pornography. After his release from prison, Righter will be required to serve a 10 year term of supervised release and be registered as a sex offender. Additionally, Righter was ordered to pay $25,000.00 in restitution to two of the child pornography victims in this case.
While conducting an undercover operation in December of last year, investigators with the Lincoln Police Department were able to access child pornography images from computers that were using file sharing software that utilized the Gnutella Network. The investigator was able to identify the Internet Protocol address for the computer that was sharing the images of child pornography on that network. Upon checking with the internet service provider, investigators were able to identify that the residence utilizing that IP address belonged to Righter.
A search warrant was executed at the residence in January of 2011. When investigators examined RighterМs computers, they discovered over 81,043 digital images and 1,310 videos of child pornography. The examination revealed that Righter had been amassing the images and videos over a five-year period.
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 AttorneysМ 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 visitwww.projectsafechildhood.gov.
This case was investigated by the Lincoln Police Department.