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Omaha Man Sentenced to Six Years for Receiving Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Nebraska

Patrick Amen, 31, was sentenced in federal court Monday in Omaha, Nebraska, for receiving child pornography.  Chief Judge Laurie Smith Camp sentenced Amen to 72 months’ imprisonment.  There is no parole in the federal system.  After his release from prison, amen will begin a five-year term of supervised release.  He must also register as a sex offender.


On January 26, 2017, officers from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and agents of the FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force served a search warrant at Amen’s residence.  Amen admitted to downloading child pornography from the Internet.  A search of his computer and digital devices recovered 200 videos of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  Most of the children depicted ranged from two to 12 years of age.


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


This case was investigated by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Omaha FBI's Cyber Crime Task Force (CCTF).

Updated October 20, 2017

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