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Ponca Man Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Interstate Travel with Intent to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct with a Minor

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

Acting United States Attorney Steve Russell announced that Timothy S. Daly, 49, of Ponca, Nebraska, was sentenced today in Lincoln, Nebraska, by Judge John M. Gerrard for interstate travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. Daly was sentenced to 7 years in prison, 5 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. There is no parole in the federal system.

On August 23, 2021, Daly contacted a phone number appearing on an online advertisement which offered sexual services. An undercover law enforcement officer responded posing as a 15-year-old female.  Through text conversation Daly planned a meeting with the 15-year-old-girl to engage in sexual activities not knowing the girl was an undercover officer. On August 26, 2021, Daly traveled to the arranged meeting place. Shortly thereafter, he was arrested by law enforcement.  His vehicle was searched and the cash, fast food which had been negotiated as payment for the proposed sex acts were located in his vehicle as well as condoms.

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

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Updated September 2, 2022

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