A 20-year-old Lincoln man has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison on a child pornography charge.
Both United States Attorney Deborah Gilg and Attorney General Doug Peterson report Scott O’Leary has been sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf for receipt of child pornography. O’Leary will be required to register as a sex offender and will be under supervised release for 15 years once he is released from prison.
In August of 2010, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported a CyberTip to the Nebraska State Patrol that child pornography had been uploaded to a social media account under a woman’s name. The IP address of the computer led NSP investigators to Scott O’Leary, who had been using fictional accounts to communicate with young boys ranging in age from 12 to 17.
According to NSP, O’Leary received naked images from about half the boys he contacted, at times using bribes and threats to obtain the images. O’Leary uploaded the image of at least one victim on a website known for exchanging 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.