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District of Nebraska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 19, 2021

Omaha Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Sex Traffic a Minor

Acting United States Attorney Jan Sharp announced that Thomas Holbert, 32, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha for Conspiracy to Sex Traffic a Minor. United States District Judge Brian C. Buescher sentenced Holbert to 235 months’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal prison system. After his release from prison, Holbert will serve 5 years of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender.

Federal agents began investigating in September 2020, after two Omaha foster children went missing from their foster home. The investigation showed that Holbert picked up the victims, aged 16 and 17, and brought them to a hotel where Holbert posted online advertisements promoting the minors for commercial sex acts. Both victims then engaged in sex acts for money with Holbert and others receiving financial proceeds from those acts.

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 Homeland Security Investigations, the Omaha Police Department, and the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Human Trafficking
Updated November 19, 2021