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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Ravenna Man Sentenced to 11 Years for Receiving Child Pornography

Jason Nielson, 23, of Ravenna, Nebraska, was sentenced in federal court in Lincoln for receiving child pornography.  The Honorable John M. Gerrard, United States District Court Judge, sentenced Nielson to 11 years of imprisonment.  There is no parole in the federal system.  After his release from prison, Nielson will begin a 12-year term of supervised release.

After his release from the Nebraska Penitentiary, Nielson began a Facebook and texting relationship with a 14-year-old girl.  The girl was known to him through an acquaintance.  On February 8, 2015, Nielson sent the minor an inappropriate picture.  The minor reciprocated by sending him a sexually explicit photo.  He then asked for and received another.

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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

This case was investigated by the Nebraska State Patrol.

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Updated December 9, 2016