Grand Island man sentenced for receipt of child pornography

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Published: Jun. 15, 2020 at 6:13 AM CDT
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A Grand Island man will spend time in prison after being convicted of receipt of child pornography.

U.S. Attorney Joe Kelly announced that Steven G. Peterson, 41, was sentenced to 90 months (7.5 years) in prison and 5 years of supervised release with special conditions, to be concurrent with the undischarged term imposed in Count I of the Superseding Indictment.

He will also be required to register as a sex offender and pay $4,000 in restitution. There is no parole in the federal system.

On April 24, 2018, a search and seizure warrant was executed at Peterson's home in Grand Island for any electronic devices that may contain child pornography.

Numerous devices were seized. A forensic examination of the devices were performed and three devices belonging to Peterson were found to contain child exploitive material.

Those devices were a laptop computer, a tablet and a phone.

More than 591 image files and six videos containing child pornography were found on the computer. Those files included content portraying the sexual abuse and exploitation of infants and toddlers.

The U.S. Attorney's office said around 328 child exploitive material were found on the tablet. The material on the tablet included videos portraying sadistic sexually explicit acts involving teenagers as well as photos of children as young as three engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The items on the phone portrayed children as young as infants engaged in sexually explicit conduct. There were approximately 53 images and six videos on the phone.

This case was investigated by Grand Island Police.

It was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice.

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