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Lincoln Man Sentenced for Distribution of Child Pornography

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

United States Attorney Susan Lehr announced that Daniel Polyansky, 34, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was sentenced April 22, 2024, in federal court in Lincoln for receipt and distribution of child pornography. Senior United States District Judge John M. Gerrard sentenced Polyansky to 90 months’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. After Polyansky’s release from prison, he will begin a 7-year term of supervised release and be required to register as a sex offender. Polyansky was also ordered to pay $39,000 in restitution to the victims in this case.

In September of 2022, investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol were conducting an online investigation for offenders sharing child pornography. Through investigative techniques, an IP address subscribed to by Polyansky was identified as providing videos of children being sexually abused to others to view and download.

A search warrant was obtained for Polyansky’s address and Polyansky was contacted in the parking lot of the apartment building. In an interview with investigators, Polyansky was noncommittal about whether there was child pornography on his devices or whether he had viewed such images. Polyansky consented to allowing investigators to look at his cell phone, but denied consent to have it forensically downloaded.  The phone was seized at that time.  Polyansky was told he could leave while officers searched his apartment.

After ending his contact with Polyansky, investigators entered the apartment and observed a child pornography video playing on Polyansky’s laptop. Polyansky was recontacted outside and arrested on state charges.  The laptop and cell phone were later searched and 398 videos and 456 images of child pornography were found.

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 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and 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 the Nebraska State Patrol.


Lecia Wright, Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney (402) 661-3700

Updated April 22, 2024

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