Lincoln Man Sentenced for Receipt and Distribution of Child Pornography
Contact: Jan Sharp, Criminal Chief
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Robert M. Fast, 44, of Lincoln, Nebraska., was sentenced on October 20, in Lincoln, Nebraska, to 6 years in prison by United States District Judge Richard G. Kopf, for receipt and disribution of child pornography. After his release from prison, Fast will be required to serve a 5 year term of supervised release and be registered as a sex offender. Additionally, Fast was ordered to pay $19,863.84 in restitution to one of the child pornography victims in this case.
While conducting an undercover operation in October 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 Fast.
A search warrant was executed at the residence in November of 2010. When investigators examined Fast's computers, they found 26 digital images and 23 videos of child pornography.
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 visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
This case was investigated by the Lincoln Police Department.