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Bennington Man Sentenced for Child Pornography

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

United States Attorney Susan Lehr announced that Ricky E. Bennett, age 38, of Bennington, Nebraska, was sentenced on June 14, 2024, in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska for possession of child pornography. Chief United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Bennett to 120 months’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. After Bennett’s release from prison, he will begin a 10-year term of supervised release. Bennett was also ordered to pay $10,100 in special assessments.

In the late summer to early fall of 2021, Bennett was being investigated for child enticement. During the course of that investigation a search warrant was conducted and his phone and electronic devices were seized on November 3, 2021. Bennett’s electronic devices were forensically reviewed. On a thumb drive of Bennett’s, 183 images, to include duplicates, of child sexual abuse material were located. On a Toshiba hard drive, 162 images of child sexual abuse material were located.

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

This case was investigated by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.


Lecia Wright - Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney  (402) 661-3700

Updated June 21, 2024

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