A Nebraska man is getting 15 years in prison for producing child pornography.
According to a press release, Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan announced that, Nicholas Alford, 26 of Bellevue Nebraska was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release, from a 2015 charge of producing child pornography.
Alford, pleaded guilty on Feb. 15, 2018 to one count of production of child pornography before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Laurie Smith Camp of the District of Nebraska, who sentenced him Monday and remanded him to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
According to admissions made in connection with his guilty plea, in July 2015, Alford provided a 13-year-old minor with the username for a Kik Messenger account user who Alford claimed would pay the minor money in exchange for sexually explicit images.
Alford was actually the user of the Kik Messenger account, and, in that capacity, he persuaded the minor to send dozens of sexually explicit images to his Kik Messenger account.
A search warrant executed on Alford’s Bellevue residence resulted in the discovery of dozens of images and videos depicting the minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
This investigation is a part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.