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Lincoln Man Sentenced to Seven Years in Child Pornography Case

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

United States Attorney Susan Lehr announced that Joseph D. Maciarz, Jr., 63, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was sentenced on May 13, 2024, in federal court in Lincoln for receipt of child pornography. Senior United States District Court Judge John M. Gerrard sentenced Maciarz to 84 months’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. After Maciarz’s release from prison, he will begin a 12-year term of supervised release. Maciarz was further ordered to pay a total of $5,100 in special assessments, and $24,000 in restitution.

On November 5, 2022, an investigator with the Nebraska State Patrol was able to download a few files containing child pornography from a peer-to-peer file sharing network. The investigator was then able to obtain the IP address of the computer sharing the files. The IP address traced back to Maciarz’s residence. Police obtained a search warrant for the residence, which was executed on January 19, 2023. Numerous electronic devices were seized. Maciarz was home at the time and interviewed by police. He admitted that he had been downloading and uploading child pornography off and on for the past twenty years. The electronic devices were later examined and found to contain more than 4,000 files depicting child pornography. In some of the files, the victims ranged in age from infant to 9 years old.

This case was investigated by the Nebraska State Patrol.


Lecia Wright - Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney  (402) 661-3700

Updated May 20, 2024

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