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District of Nebraska

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Oxford Man Sentenced for Receiving Child Pornography

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Vance David Baumbach, 37, formerly of Oxford, Nebraska, was sentenced today in Lincoln, Nebraska, to 15 years in prison by United States Senior District Judge Richard G. Kopf, for receiving child pornography.  After serving his prison term, Baumbach will be on supervised release for the remainder of his life and must continue to register as a sex offender.  Baumbach must also pay $5,000 in restitution and the attorney fees for three of the identified victims in this case.
In August of  2013, investigators of the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office became aware of a computer IP address that was offering to participate in the sharing of files that had been flagged in an on-going child pornography investigation.  Upon further investigation, it was found that other law enforcement agencies had also noted that the same computer IP address was using the Gnutella file sharing network.   Investigators were also able to determine that between August 7, 2013, and August 19, 2013, that computer had offered to participate in the sharing of 812 different files.  Of those, 172 had been classified as "notable" by law enforcement. 

Investigators found that the IP in question was assigned to a residence in Oxford, Nebraska, and subsequently determined that Baumbach resided at that same address.  A search warrant was executed and a computer and numerous hard drives were seized.  After examination, over 1,000 files affiliated with child sexual exploitation were located.

At the time of his arrest on the receipt charges, Baumbach was already a registered sex offender and was on parole out of Colorado.  He was previously convicted of offenses relating to child sexual assault.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please for more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "resources."

This case was investigated by the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol.

Updated January 29, 2015