Gering man sentenced to federal prison for child pornography
A Gering man who Attorney General Jon Bruning says had thousands of child pornography images on his computer will serve seven years in prison after his sentencing by U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf for receiving and distributing child pornography Attorney General Jon Bruning said the case against 30 year old year old Thomas Schildt was the largest child pornography case his office had investigated.
A press release from the U.S. Attorney's office says Bruning's Rural Cybercrime Unit discovered child pornography being shared online from an IP address assigned to Schildt's home. During the execution of a search warrant on November 16, 2011, members of the RCU and Gering Police Department, found more than 15,000 sexually explicit images of young children on an external hard drive in Schildt's room. The images included children, some as young as 3 years of age, engaged in various sexual acts and bondage.Schildt admitted to downloading the files according to court documents.
Schildt admitted to downloading the files according to court documents. After his release from prison Schildt will begin a ten year term of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender.
Schildt had faced trial on three counts of possessing child pornography and three counts of distributing child pornography before they were dismissed after the filing of federal charges
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