Omaha Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Possessing Child Pornography
Ronald L. Worthington, Jr., 41, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska, for possessing child pornography. The Honorable Joseph F. Bataillon imposed a sentence of 60 months. There is no parole in the federal system. After his release from prison, Worthington will begin a five-year term of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender.
On June 23, 2015, agents of Homeland Security Investigations spoke with Worthington about images uploaded to a child pornography website in 2013. Worthington admitted to accessing the image-sharing site and indicated that he had viewed child pornography the night before the agents came to his house. He consented to a search of his home. Agents recovered multiple CDs containing a total of 3 videos and 422 images of child pornography.
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 Attorneys= 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.