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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 2, 2018

Omaha Man Sentenced to 8 Years for Attempting to Receive Child Pornography

Acting U.S. Attorney Robert C. Stuart announced today that Jeffrey T. Fenn, Jr., 37, was sentenced in federal court in Omaha for attempting to receive child pornography.  The Honorable Robert F. Rossiter, Jr., sentenced Fenn to 96 months’ imprisonment.  There is no parole in the federal system.  After his release from prison, Fenn will begin a five-year term of supervised release.

Fenn befriended a 12-year-old girl while playing an online video game.  They then began an online relationship over a popular messaging service.  During the course of the online relationship, Fenn asked the girl to take sexually explicit pictures of herself and send them to him.  She sent suggestive but not sexually explicit images.  Fenn repeatedly asked for specific images of sexually explicit body parts and directed her to pose in specific ways.  He threatened to end the online relationship if she did not comply.  The minor girl refused to send the explicit images Fenn requested.  The texts were reported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

On January 19, 2017, the FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force served a search warrant on the Omaha address used during the online chats and texts.  Fenn admitted to texting the minor and admitted to sending her images.

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 February 9, 2018