Ogallala Man Sentenced to 35 Months for Possessing Child Pornography
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Ryan D. Freitag, 28, of Ogallala, Nebraska was sentenced in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska for possessing child pornography. The Honorable Laurie Smith Camp sentenced Freitag to a 35 month term of imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. After his release from prison Freitag will serve a ten year term of supervised release. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.
Freitag entered into an internet relationship with a 15 year old girl residing in West Virginia. The girl sent a series of images to Freitag consisting of erotica and child pornography. The child pornography consisted of the girl engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Investigation by the Nebraska State Patrol revealed Freitag as the individual receiving child pornography. He also sent photographs of his genitalia to the fifteen year old girl.
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