Grand Island Man Sentenced to 52 Years for Conspiracy to Produce Child Pornography and Production of Child Pornography
Acting United States Attorney Susan Lehr announced that Will Alexander Reifschneider, 25, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was sentenced on September 19, 2023, by Senior United States District Court Judge John M. Gerrard to 76 months following his conviction for receipt of child pornography. Reifschneider was also sentenced to a five-year term of supervised release to be served after he completes his prison sentence, and he was ordered to pay a $3,000 special assessment. There is no parole in the federal system. Reifschneider pleaded guilty to his offense on June 14, 2023.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) received a report about a Kik user sharing dozens of video files containing child pornography during the month of December 2021. The IP address traced back to Reifschneider’s residence in Lincoln. Investigators contacted Reifschneider at his place of employment. Reifschneider acknowledged having used Kik at one point. Reifschneider confessed to possessing and uploading child pornography material. He said that his material was saved on two older phones which were underneath his bed at his residence. He consented to the investigators going to his house to retrieve the cell phones and he turned over the phones to them. While conducting an initial review of the phones, the investigators found several images or videos depicting child pornography.
A forensic examination of the phones was completed later. On the phones, investigators estimate they found a combined total from both phones of approximately 1,200 files depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Investigators located five video files with hash values matching the NCMEC report. In reviewing the files, the investigators noted files depicting a victim under 12 years of age, and other files depicting infants or toddlers in sexually explicit conduct.
The investigation was conducted by the Nebraska State Patrol and 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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
Donald J. Kleine – Chief, General Criminal Unit (402) 661-3700