Lincoln man gets 13 years in prison for child pornography

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A Lincoln man – a repeat offender – will spend over a decade in prison for possessing child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Aaron Joseph Kearney, 50, was sentenced Friday to 13 years in prison for possession of child pornography.

He will serve a 10-year term of supervised release after his prison sentence. There is no parole in the federal system.

U.S. District Judge John Gerrard also ordered Kearney to pay $3,000 to the victim and another $5,000 in special assessments.

On Aug. 26, 2021, Department of Homeland Security agents in Arizona investigated an account on a messaging platform that had been involved with child pornography.

Investigators later discovered that another account belonged to Kearney, who had made a post requesting child porn, the attorney’s office said.

Three days later, Kearney posted six videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  Three of those videos involved prepubescent children, according to the attorney’s office.

Homeland Security agents in Nebraska then obtained a search warrant for Kearney’s Lincoln home.

Authorities seized Kearney’s phone and interviewed him.  He confessed that he had used the account to “seek out child pornography,” the attorney’s office said.

On the phone, investigators found two videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The phone also had three applications installed that are used to clean and delete files, according to the attorney’s office.

Kearney had previously been convicted in April 2008 of possession of child pornography.

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