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Registered Sex Offender Sentenced to Ten Years and One Day in Prison for Possessing Obscene Images of the Sexual Abuse of Children

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of Illinois

PEORIA, Ill. – A Peoria, Illinois, man, Jack Lee Nimrick, 43, was sentenced on June 24, 2024, to a total of ten years and one day in federal prison for possession of obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children.

Nimrick was previously convicted of distribution of child pornography in 2015 and was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment, to be followed by 15 years of supervised release. He was also required to register as a sex offender. While serving his term of supervised release, United States Probation Officers found Nimrick in possession of an unmonitored and unapproved cellphone capable of connecting to the internet. Further investigation and forensic investigation of the cellphone by Homeland Security agents revealed over 150 computer-generated images and over 50 computer-generated animated videos depicting the sexual abuse of children ranging in age from approximately four years old to teenagers. 

Nimrick was arrested in October 2023 on supervised release revocation charges, and a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging him with possession of obscene images in November 2023. He entered a guilty plea to the possession of obscene images charge in March 2024. At the sentencing hearing this week, Nimrick also admitted that he had violated his conditions of supervised release by possessing the illegal images, failing to register his cellphone in accordance with the Sex Offender Registration Notification Act, and failing to comply with the U.S. Probation Office’s Computer and Internet Monitoring Program. Nimrick has remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals since his arrest. He will serve a three-year term of supervised release upon completion of the term of imprisonment.

Based on Nimrick’s prior conviction for a sex offense, he faced an enhanced statutory penalty of ten to twenty years’ imprisonment, followed by up to a three-year term of supervised release.

The United States Department of Homeland Security investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald L. Hanna represented the government in the prosecution.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice to combat the epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. 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.

Updated June 26, 2024

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Project Safe Childhood