Grand Island Man Sentenced to 52 Years for Conspiracy to Produce Child Pornography and Production of Child Pornography
Acting United States Attorney Robert C. Stuart announced that Scott Wellensiek, 43, of Dunbar, Nebraska, was sentenced in federal court in Omaha for possessing child pornography. The Honorable Laurie Smith Camp, Chief Judge, sentenced Wellensiek to 10 years of imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. After his release from prison, Wellensiek will begin a 15-year term of supervised release.
Wellensiek was previously convicted of possessing child pornography in federal court in Wyoming. He was sentenced to 7 days of imprisonment to be followed by a 10-year term of supervised release. While on supervised release, he moved to Dunbar, Nebraska.
In September 2016, investigators with the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office downloaded images of child pornography from a computer at Wellensiek’s residence. A search warrant was executed on October 3, 2016. Wellensiek admitted to downloading child pornography while on supervised release for a child pornography offense. He deleted the child pornography after downloading and viewing. The images downloaded by law enforcement from Wellensiek’s computer involved prepubescent children engaged in sexual activity with adults.
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.