Omaha Man Sentenced for Receipt of Child Pornography
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Zechariah Hazard, 31, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced today in Lincoln, Nebraska, to 60 months in prison by Senior United States District Judge Richard G. Kopf, for receipt of child pornography. After his release from prison, Hazard will also serve five years of supervised release and be required to register as a sex offender.
Homeland Security Investigations in Omaha received information that an IP address belonging to Hazard, uploaded an image of child pornography. On July 30, 2015, a search warrant was obtained and served at Hazard’s residence in Omaha, Nebraska. After a forensic examination of Hazard’s computer, Investigators found over 9000 images and video files of child pornography. The files were received and distributed by Hazard from at least December 14, 2014 through July 30, 2015.
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.