Daniel C. Davis of North Platte was sentenced Thursday to five years in federal penitentiary for receiving child pornography.
There is no parole in the federal system. After his release from prison, Davis will begin a five-year term of supervised release and be required to register as a sex offender, U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Gilg said.
U.S District Judge Lyle E. Strom handed down the sentence in federal court in Omaha.
On Oct. 19, 2010 investigators with the Nebraska Attorney Generalís Office Rural Cyber Crimes Unit and the North Platte Police Department served a search warrant at Davisís home. Davis admitted searching the internet for child pornography.
A Santa suit from his employment at a North Platte retail store was found in his closet, Gilg said.
A forensic review of Davisís computer recovered videos of child pornography from both a recycle and recovery bin. The videos included prepubescent children involved in multiple sexual acts with children and adults, Gilg said.
The charges were brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Project Safe Childhood was launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.
Davis was initially charged with eight counts of possession of child pornography.
Led by United States Attorneysí Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, 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.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood, see www.projectsafechildhood.gov.