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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nebraska

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Lincoln Man Sentenced for Production of Child Pornography

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that Randall Alan Hughes, 58, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was sentenced today in Lincoln, Nebraska, to 38 years in prison by Chief United States District Judge John M. Gerrard, for production of child pornography.  After serving his prison sentence, Hughes will then be required to be on supervised release for the remainder of his life and register as a sex offender.   

In 2017, the Department of Homeland Security received information that an ISP subscriber who resided in Lincoln, Nebraska was uploading child pornography in a chat room. A federal search warrant was served at Hughes’s residence in Lincoln, for evidence relating to production, distribution and possession of child pornography.  As a result of the search, cellular telephones and other computer storage media were seized for forensic analysis and investigators found evidence that proved Hughes has been producing child pornography involving prepubescent minor victims.

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 Department of Homeland Security. 

Project Safe Childhood
Updated January 18, 2019