Elkhorn Resident Sentenced for Possessing Child Pornography
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Trevor P. McLaurine, 25, formerly of Richland, Washington, but residing in Elkhorn, Nebraska, was sentenced today in Lincoln, Nebraska, to 60 months in prison by Senior United States District Judge Richard G. Kopf for possession child pornography. McLaurine will also pay $3,500 in restitution to the victims and be on supervised release from 5 years after serving his prison sentence. This conviction will also require him to register as a sex offender once released.
In April of 2013, investigators with the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office became aware of a computer using a file-sharing network with an IP address that was identified as offering to participate in the sharing of files that had been classified as being of interest in a child pornography investigation. Investigators then set up automated software to make contact with this computer and to request those files of interest. Between April and July of 2013, investigators were able to downloaded numerous files which showed children under the age of 18 engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Investigators then identified the address of the subscriber of that IP address and a search warrant was obtained. During the search, investigators made contact with McLaurine and located a desktop computer and external hard drive in the bedroom belonging to McLaurine. The desktop computer was found to have file-sharing software installed on the hard drive.
The items that were seized during the execution of the search warrant at McLaurine’s residence were then examined at the Nebraska AG’s computer lab, and over 8,000 files affiliated with Child Sexual Exploitation were located.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the 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. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc for more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."
This case was investigated by the Lincoln Police Department and the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office.