Grand Island Man Sentenced to 52 Years for Conspiracy to Produce Child Pornography and Production of Child Pornography
Acting United States Attorney Jan Sharp announced that Marcus Dunn, 27, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced today in Omaha by Senior United States District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon to 10 years’ imprisonment for Possession of Child Pornography after a Prior Conviction. There is no parole in the federal system. After his release from custody, Dunn will have to serve a lifetime term of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender. Dunn was also ordered to pay $1,100 in assessments.
On November 15, 2019, members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force executed a search warrant at Dunn’s residence in Omaha. During the search warrant, law enforcement collected electronic devices to include 2 phones and 1 tablet. An additional phone was later found on Dunn’s person. Dunn confirmed with officers that he controlled and used two Gmail accounts. Searches were conducted pursuant to search warrants on Dunn’s electronic devices, five Gmail accounts, and a Dropbox account. A review of Dunn’s devices and accounts located 378 images of children engaging in sexually explicit conduct, of which 141 were unique (meaning that there were multiple images of the same image) and 20 videos of children engaging in sexually explicit conduct, of which 16 were unique. These images and videos included minors under the age of 12 years old engaging in sexually explicit conduct. One example found in a Gmail account belonging to Dunn was a toddler being subjected to penile-vaginal penetration by an adult male. Dunn was on probation in Douglas County in two separate cases when he was found in possession of these images and videos. Specifically, Dunn was on probation for two counts of Attempted Possession of Child Pornography and for Possession of Child Pornography.
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 the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office as part of the FBI Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force.