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Omaha Man Sentenced to Five Years for Receiving Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 23, 2013

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Brian P. Stieren, 37, was sentenced in federal court in Omaha for receiving child pornography.  The Honorable Joseph F. Bataillon imposed a sentence of 5 years of imprisonment.  There is no parole in the federal system.  After Stieren’s release from prison he will begin a five year term of supervised release.  As a result of his child pornography conviction Stieren will be required to register as a sex offender.

The FBI Omaha Cyber Crimes Task Force executed a search warrant at Stieren’s Omaha residence on March 7, 2012.  The warrant sought evidence of the receipt and distribution of child pornography.  A forensic review of Stieren’s computer equipment revealed 320 videos of child pornography.  The videos were almost all of prepubescent children engaged in sexual acts.  Some of the children were as young as 2 years.  Some of the videos involved the torture and bondage of young children. 

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 Attorney’s= 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 matter was investigated by the Omaha FBI=s Cyber Crime Task Force (CCTF), of which the Nebraska State Patrol, is a partner.  The Omaha CCTF is a multi-jurisdictional task force consisting of eleven federal, state and local law enforcement agencies from Nebraska and Iowa.  The mission of the Omaha CCTF is to investigate and apprehend high technology criminals and to protect our communities by preventing high technology crime and national security threats involving computers and computer networks.  The Omaha CCTF was established on the premise that the capabilities of law enforcement agencies to investigate computer and high technology related crimes are enhanced in a task force setting involving the sharing of resources and expertise. 

 

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