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Papillion Man Sentenced for Possessing Child Pornography

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

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced today that Thomas Janes, 25, of Papillion, Nebraska, was sentenced Monday by Senior United States District Judge Laurie Smith Camp to 24 months’ imprisonment for possessing child pornography. There is no parole in the federal system. After his release, Janes will begin a five-year term of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender.  

In 2015, Homeland Security Investigations, Cyber Crimes Center, Child Exploitation Investigations Unit, found that a person in Papillion, Nebraska, uploaded images onto a website that had been taken over by police. A search warrant was executed on the home where the upload originated from and Janes admitted at that time to being the user who uploaded the image. A subsequent investigation revealed Janes possessed over 600 videos of child pornography and over 1,700 images. At the time of the search, Janes was 20 years old.  

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 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and 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 Homeland Security Investigations.

Updated August 30, 2019

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