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Winnebago Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of a Minor

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

United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Robert McClelland, 39, of Winnebago, Nebraska, was sentenced on January 30, 2023, for sexual abuse of a minor. United States District Court Judge Brian C. Buescher sentenced McClelland to 11 years and 3 months’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. After his release from prison, McClelland will begin a ten-year term of supervised release.

In May of 2020, the minor victim disclosed that when she was 5 or 6 years old, McClelland touched her private area and made McClelland touch his penis. When the minor victim asked McClelland to stop, he did. McClelland was interview by law enforcement and admitted to the conduct.    

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

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


Michael Norris - Criminal Chief (402) 661-3700                                                                         

Updated February 2, 2023

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