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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nebraska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 27, 2022

Omaha Man Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography

Acting United States Attorney Steven Russell announced the Dustin M. Frank, 40, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha for possession of child pornography. Chief United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Frank to 36 months’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. After his release from prison, Frank will being a five-year term of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender. Chief Judge Rossiter also ordered Frank to pay $6,000 in restitution.

In August of 2019, agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force received information from a third party that child pornography was found on a computer the third party had previously loaned to Frank.  On November 22, 2019, the FBI executed a federal search warrant of Frank’s Omaha residence and seized numerous digital devices.  A search of those digital devices located 128 unique images of minors under the age of 12 years old engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  Some of the images showed toddlers and infants being sexually abused.   

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 Federal Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated June 29, 2022