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Lincoln Man Sentenced for Possessing Child Pornography

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

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Dale Delmar Hess, 62, formerly of Lincoln, Nebraska, was sentenced today in Lincoln, Nebraska, to 63 months in prison by United States District Judge John M. Gerrard, for possession of child pornography.  After serving his sentence, Hess will also be required to register as a sex offender and serve a period of 7 years on supervised release. 

On July 22, 2014, a computer technician who had been contacted by Hess to perform work on a laptop computer made a report to the Lincoln Police Department.  Hess had dropped off a laptop computer and requested the technician reinstall a program on the computer.  While performing the task, the technician checked the trash bin and observed several folders of files.  The technician transported the files to the desktop and opened the folder and observed several files within each folder and clicked on a file.  The technician explained to the Lincoln Police Department that the files contained child pornography.

Lincoln Police Department obtained a search warrant for Hess's residence in Lincoln, Nebraska on July 24, 2014.  During the course of the search and subsequent interview, Hess admitted that he had downloaded and saved child pornography.  A forensic examination of the computers found during the search warrant revealed over 1,100 videos and 63,000 graphic files of child pornography. 

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 the Lincoln Police Department.

Updated January 25, 2016

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