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

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Papillion Man Sentenced in Federal Court to 50 Months in Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

Leonard E. Megee, 65, was sentenced in federal court Thursday in Omaha, Nebraska, for possessing child pornography.  The Honorable John M. Gerrard sentenced Megee to 50 months’ imprisonment.  There is no parole in the federal system.  After his release from prison, Megee will begin a five-year term of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender.  Megee was order to pay $5,000 and a $100 special assessment.  Megee was further ordered to pay $1,500 in restitution to victims in his collection of child pornography.

 

An Internet Service Provider reported that a computer from within Megee’s Papillion residence had uploaded an image of child pornography.  It was determined that Megee had exchanged images of child pornography with the email accounts of at least three others.

 

A search warrant was served by members of the FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force in September 2016.  A search of his computers and email accounts recovered 9 videos and 75 images of child pornography.  The images were of prepubescent children, most between the ages of 5 and 8 engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

 

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 Omaha FBI's Cyber Crime Task Force (CCTF).

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Updated September 22, 2017