Lincoln Man Sentenced for Receiving Child Pornography
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Dean L. Baldwin, 38, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was sentenced today in Lincoln, Nebraska, to 68 months in prison by United States District Judge John M. Gerrard, for receipt of child pornography. After serving his prison sentence Baldwin will be required to register as a sex offender and complete 5 years of supervised release.
In October, 2015, the Lincoln Police Department was investigating computers sharing child pornography files via the internet. On that date, investigators identified an IP address as having files available for sharing. Investigators were able to download files from a computer at the identified IP address on that date as well as three other dates. A subpoena was served on Time Warner/Roadrunner regarding the IP address and identified that the IP address was registered to Baldwin at his home address.
In February, 2016, investigators executed a search warrant at Baldwin’s residence. During the execution of the search warrant, investigators located a laptop computer in the basement utility room, along with two additional laptops and a desktop computer. Investigators previewed the laptop located in the utility room and located files depicting sexually explicit conduct involving children under the age of 18 years old and additional files indicating use by defendant. A later forensic investigation revealed 20 videos and approximately 100 images of child porn in a download file, including videos and images of prepubescent minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
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.
This case was investigated by the Lincoln Police Department.