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Exeter Man Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Receipt of Child Pornography

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

Acting United States Attorney Steve Russell announced that Spencer Lile, 42, formerly of Exeter, Nebraska, was sentenced today in Lincoln, Nebraska, by Judge John M. Gerrard for receipt of child pornography. Lile was sentenced to 7 years in prison, 5 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. There is no parole in the federal system.  Liles was additionally ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution.

On August 4, 2021, Spencer Lile was arrested on state charges of theft and possession of a controlled substance.  A search warrant for the search of Lile’s cellphone related to those offenses was received by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.  On August 5, 2021, a download of the cellphone was completed, and child pornography was located on the device.  Based on the discovery of apparent child pornography on the phone, a federal search warrant to search the phone for child pornography evidence was received on September 27, 2021.  A review of Lile’s cellphone revealed 424 files of child pornography which included 302 of video files. 

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 Homeland Security Investigations.

Updated October 17, 2022

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