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Nebraska City Sentenced for Production and Transportation of Obscene Materials

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

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Joseph Buttercase, 34, formerly of Nebraska City, Nebraska, was sentenced today in Omaha, Nebraska, to 3 years in prison by United States Senior District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon, for production and transportation of obscene material.  Buttercase has already been incarcerated in the Nebraska State Penitentiary serving a 26-41 year state sentence and this new sentence will run consecutively to that. After his release from prison Buttercase will serve a year on supervised release and be required to continue to register as a sex offender based upon this and previous convictions.

Between October, 2003 to November, 2004,  Buttercase produced 5 videos and approximately 900 images of obscene material, specifically sexually explicit conduct, with the intent to transport the material in interstate commerce, and for the purpose of distributing those images. Buttercase was arrested in Beatrice, Nebraska in July of 2011 and his computer was seized during the course of that investigation. Buttercase admitted he knew the content of the videos and images he produced was obscene material. 

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 Nebraska Attorney Generals Office.

Updated July 8, 2016

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