Grand Island Man Sentenced to 52 Years for Conspiracy to Produce Child Pornography and Production of Child Pornography
United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced the unsealing of an Indictment charging Thomas Holbert (aka “T”), Lance Harper, Dalonte Foard, and Glenn Whitney (aka “G” or “G-Lo”) with conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a minor and individual counts of sex trafficking of minors. Holbert, Harper, Foard, and Whitney face up to life imprisonment if convicted.
The conspiracy involved recruiting and transporting minors and placing online advertisements for commercial sex acts with minors at various locations in and around Omaha and Norfolk, Nebraska. The conspiracy also involved the use of threats of violence and controlled substances to control the minors and young women being trafficked.
United States Attorney Kelly recognized the efforts and cooperation of Homeland Security Investigations, the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office, and Omaha Police Department in investigating this and other cases involving the sex trafficking of minors, stating “There is no higher priority than the prosecution of people who commit these evil acts. Human trafficking prosecutions require the excellent federal, state, and local cooperation that was involved in this case.”
An indictment is a formal accusation returned by a grand jury upon establishing probable cause. The indictment is not evidence of guilt and defendants are entitled to a presumption of innocence.
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 Homeland Security Investigations, the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office, and the Omaha Police Department.