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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, March 9, 2019

Omaha Man Sentenced to 204 Months for Distributing Child Pornography

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that Gregory Bartunek, 65, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha for distributing child pornography.  A jury previously found Bartunek guilty of child pornography offenses.  The Honorable Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Bartunek to 204 months’ imprisonment.  There is no parole in the federal prison system.  After his release from prison, Bartunek will begin a 15-year term of supervised release and be required to register a as sex offender.

On March 26, 2016, a computer at Bartunek’s residence was observed using an online chat service to distribute images of prepubescent minors engaged in a sexual act.  The same online chat service again observed a computer from his residence sending another image of child pornography on April 27, 2016.

On May 25, 2016, members of the FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force served a search warrant at Bartunek’s residence in South Omaha.  In addition to seizing computers, agents observed four life-sized infant and toddler dolls.  Two of the dolls had male genitalia appended.  All were clothed in children’s underwear.  More children’s underwear was recovered mixed with Bartunek’s underwear in his dresser.

Advanced forensics were used to recover the numerous videos and images that Bartunek, a computer specialist, had erased from his hard drives.  Forensic artifacts recovered from the computer showed in excess of 40 titles indicative of or of known child pornography videos.  Also recovered were images from the online chat service.

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).

 

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Updated March 18, 2019