Grand Island Man Sentenced to 52 Years for Conspiracy to Produce Child Pornography and Production of Child Pornography
United States Attorney Jan Sharp announced that Cameron J. Stidd, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced on February 16, 2022, by United States District Judge Brian C. Buescher to 150 months’ imprisonment for distribution of child pornography. There is no parole in the federal system. After his release from prison, Stidd will begin a 15-year term of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender. Judge Buescher ordered Stidd to pay restitution in the amount of $24,000 and an additional special assessment in the amount of $5,000.
On January 19, 2020, Kik, an online website with servers located outside the State of Nebraska, identified at least one image of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct that was distributed by an account user to other account users on the Kik application. Kik captured the Internet Protocol (IP) address that was used by the account user to distribute the image of the minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Law enforcement obtained information related to the IP addresses, which ultimately identified Stidd as the subscriber and that he resided in Omaha.
The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP), Special Operations Division, executed a federal search warrant of Stidd’s Omaha residence. The NSP seized numerous digital devices. Stidd gave a voluntary statement to law enforcement in which he admitted to using Kik. A forensic review of Stidd’s Kik account and digital devices revealed at least one thousand (1,000) graphic files of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The forensic review of Stidd’s Kik account and digital devices further revealed that on January 19, 2020, Stidd distributed images of 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 Attorney’s 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 Nebraska State Patrol.