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Colton, Washington Man Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison for Distribution of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Washington

Spokane – Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Chris Alan Nebelsieck, age 44, of Colton, Washington, was sentenced today, after having previously pled guilty on December 15, 2015 to Distribution of Child Pornography. United States District Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson sentenced Nebelsieck to a five year term of imprisonment, to be followed by a five year term of court supervision after he is released from Federal prison. In addition, Nebelsieck was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $3,400 and forfeit to the United States numerous computers and digital items that he used to store and distribute child pornography. Nebelsieck will also be required to register as a sex offender.

According to information disclosed during the court proceedings, Nebelsieck was using a Peer to Peer file sharing account to share and distribute child pornography images over the Internet. Undercover law enforcement agents located child pornography files Nebelsieck was making available for download and later obtained a federal search warrant for Nebelsiecks’ residence. On July 16, 2014, Homeland Security Investigations Agents and officers from the Asotin County Sheriff’s Office executed a federal search warrant at Nebelsiecks’ residence and seized Nebelsiecks’ computers and digital devices that he used to store and distribute child pornography. A forensic examination of Nebelsiecks’ personal computer revealed 11,792 child pornography images and 723 videos of child pornography.

Michael C. Ormsby stated, “I commend the Asotin County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations for their efforts in successfully investigating this case. Prosecuting offenders who distribute child pornography is one of the top priorities of the United States Attorney’s Office for in the Eastern District of Washington. This Office, together with its law enforcement partners, is committed to prosecuting aggressively and seeking appropriate punishment for child pornography crimes.

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the United States Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. The Project Safe Childhood Initiative (“PSC”) has five major components:

· Integrated federal, state, and local efforts to investigate and prosecute child

exploitation cases, and to identify and rescue children;

· Participation of PSC partners in coordinated national initiatives;

· Increased federal enforcement in child pornography and enticement cases;

· Training of federal, state, and local law enforcement agents; and

· Community awareness and educational programs.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc . For information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

This investigation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations and the Asotin County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Stephanie J. Lister, an Assistant United States Attorney and Project Safe Childhood Coordinator for the Eastern District of Washington.

Updated March 31, 2016

Topic
Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: CR-15-00086-RMP-1