Lincoln Man Sentenced for Receiving Child Pornography
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Gerry Lee Peirce, 55, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was sentenced today in Lincoln, Nebraska, to 70 months in prison by United States District Judge John M. Gerrard, for receiving child pornography. After his release from prison, Peirce will also be required to register as a sex offender and complete 7 years of supervised release.
On September 9, 2014, a Task Force Officer operating in an undercover capacity, encountered a user, later determined to be Peirce, in a website chat room where Peirce had posted a link that led to a storage account containing child exploitation material. When law enforcement clicked on the link, they observed a total of 165 files in the account, 113 of which contained child pornography.
After identifying the subscriber information, officers executed a search warrant on the residence of Peirce. Peirce confessed to accessing child porn through the Internet and then distributing the links of the child porn sites and files to others.
In all, investigators found 69 videos of child porn on the computer, along with other images of child erotica that had been received and distributed.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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.