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Columbus Man Sentenced to 144 Months for Receiving Child Pornography

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

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that Christopher Longo, 38, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha for receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography. United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Longo to 144 months’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal prison system. After his release from prison, Longo will serve a 10-year term of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender.

In May 2018 officers with the Columbus Police Department received a Cyber Tipline Report stating that an IP address associated with a Columbus resident had uploaded child pornography to an online account. Officers executed a search warrant at Longo’s residence in November 2018. Longo initially admitted to downloading child pornography and later, after failing a polygraph examination, admitted to multiple instances of sexual contact with minors. Officers searched a computer and cell phone seized from Longo’s residence and located at least 682 images of child pornography on those devices.

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 case was investigated by the Columbus Police Department.

Updated March 20, 2020

Topic
Project Safe Childhood