North Platte Man Convicted on Child Pornography Charges
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Angel F. Garcia, 37, formerly of North Platte, Nebraska, was sentenced today in Lincoln, Nebraska, to 70 months in prison by United States Senior District Judge Richard G. Kopf, for receipt and distribution of child pornography. Following his release from prison, Garcia will serve 5 years on supervised release and be required to register as a sex offender.
In March of 2015, while conducting an investigation, law enforcement officers of the North Platte Police Department observed an IP address making known child pornography files available for sharing. Further investigation determined that Garcia was the subscriber to that IP address. In April, 2015, a search warrant was executed at Garcia’s residence in North Platte. Officers performed an on-scene preview of a computer located in Garcia’s bedroom and found thousands of child pornography images and videos. Garcia admitted to officers that he had in fact downloaded and viewed child pornography from the internet.
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 North Platte Police Department.