U.S. Attorney Deb Gilg
U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Gilg said Thursday that the Nebraska State Patrol and Internet Crimes Against Children groups have done outstanding work to protect children from sexual predators. The Patrol and the ICACs conduct difficult investigations of such crimes as: online enticement of children; production and manufacture of child pornography; distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography; travel and transport offenses with the intent to engage in sexual activity with children; and, human trafficking of children.
These cases are referred for both federal and state prosecution.
Gilg noted a number of significant ICAC referrals recently prosecuted in federal court in Nebraska, and ignificant sentences imposed by the federal court within the past six months, including:
• Jason Bielicki, 35, of North Platte, who was sentenced to 7 years in prison for receiving and distributing 96 videos and 105 images of child pornography
• Thomas Schildt, 30, of Gering, who was sentenced to 7 years in prison for receiving 15,000 images of child pornography. The images included children as young as 3 years of age engaged in sexual acts and bondage.
• Robert Fleming, 32, of Chadron, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for receiving 78 videos and 4,000 images of child pornography.
• Allen M. Hudson, 41, of Plattsmouth, who was sentenced to 303 months in prison for producing child pornography. Hudson produced images of child pornography depicting 3 different boys between the ages of 11-12.
• Mark Roble of Bellevue who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for attempting to produce child pornography. Roble installed cameras in his bathroom with the intent to record a minor female.
• Nathan T. Young, 22, of Columbus, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison for receiving child pornography. Young, a registered sex offender, solicited and received sexually explicit photos from a middle school student over cell phones.
• Steven Fonder, 33, of Omaha, who was sentenced to 7 years for receiving and distributing 1,250 videos of child pornography.
“Each of these individuals are not eligible for parole and when released from prison will remain under federal supervision for terms of at least five years and in some instances for life," Gilg said. "All will be required to register as sex offender. Predators who seek to rob the innocence of children will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Finally, Gilg noted that the ICACs work hand in hand with 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 U.S. 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 ww.projectsafechildhood.gov.