Timothy W. Burger, 41, formerly of North Platte, was sentenced Tuesday in to five years in federal prison for receiving and distributing child pornography.
On Nov. 22, 2010, investigators served a search warrant at Burger’s home, U.S. Attorney Deb Gilg said.
Computers at Burger's home contained more than 40 videos of child pornography, the majority of which depicted prepubescent females violated by adult men, police said. Burger admitted downloading videos with a file-sharing program, Gilg said.
U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon issued the sentence.
Gilg said Burger will serve a full five years. There is no parole for federal inmates. After release, Burger will begin a 10-year probation and also be required to register as a sex offender.
The Nebraska Attorney General’s Office’s Rural Cyber Crimes Task Force and the North Platte Police Department investigated the case.
The Rural Cyber Crimes Task Force investigates receipt and distribution of child pornography.
Charges were filed as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat child sexual exploitation. The project was launched in May 2006 by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims, Gilg said in a prepared statement.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood, see www.projectsafechildhood.gov.