Omaha Man Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Possessing Child Pornography
Acting U.S. Attorney Robert C. Stuart announced that Rodney G. Hiner, 59, of Omaha, was sentenced in federal court in Omaha for possessing child pornography. Chief Judge Laurie Smith Camp sentenced Hiner to 18 months of imprisonment. After his release from prison, Hiner will begin a five-year term of supervised release and be required to register as a sex offender.
On July 7, 2016, officers with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force searched Hiner’s home in Omaha. His cell phone contained more than 125 images of child pornography, most of which depicted children between the ages of 2 and 13 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 Omaha FBI's Cyber Crime Task Force (CCTF).