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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nebraska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, January 26, 2015

Lincoln Man Sentenced for Possessing Child Pornography

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that James Craig Lebo, 46, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was sentenced on January 23, 2015, in Lincoln, Nebraska, to 60 months in prison by United States District Judge John M. Gerrard, for possessing child pornography. Jones was also ordered to complete a ten-year term of supervised release after serving his prison sentence. Jones will also be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.

On April 24, 2014, an investigator with the Lincoln Police Department was investigating computers sharing child pornography files via the internet. On that date, an IP address was identified as having files available for sharing and investigators were able to download files from a computer at that IP address. Subsequent investigation revealed that the IP address was registered to Lebo. In June of 2014, investigators executed a search warrant at Lebo’s residence and made contact with him. During the execution of the search warrant, Lebo was interviewed and admitted he used file sharing software on his computer to file share and download files which have been identified as child pornography because they depict sexually explicit conduct involving children under the age of 18 years old.

A forensic investigation of Lebo’s computer showed that he had received images of child pornography from December of 2013 through June of 2014. The forensic exam also revealed that Lebo received 153 videos and approximately 10,000 images of child pornography. Included in the items were videos and images of prepubescent minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

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.

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Updated February 10, 2015