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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nebraska

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Stromsburg Man Sentenced for Child Enticement

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that on November 7, 2016, William H. Rich, 47, of Stromsburg, Nebraska, was sentenced for the crime of Using a Facility and Means of Interstate Commerce to Attempt to Persuade, Induce, and Entice a Minor to Engage in Sexual Activity.  The Honorable Laurie Smith Camp, Chief United States District Court Judge, sentenced Rich to a 168-month term of imprisonment.  There is no parole in the federal system.  After his release from prison, Rich will begin a term of supervised release of 10 years.     

In December, 2015, law enforcement, acting in an undercover capacity, received text communications from Rich in which he solicited a minor girl for sexual activity.  Rich was subsequently arrested after traveling from Stromsburg, Nebraska to a hotel in La Vista, Nebraska, to drop off a phone for whom he believed to be the minor girl. 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and La Vista Police Department.

Project Safe Childhood
Updated November 10, 2016