A 19-year-old Lincoln man was sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison on Friday for receiving child pornography.
US District Judge John Gerrard also ordered Hunter Towle, a former University of Nebraska-Lincoln student, to serve 15 years of supervised release upon release and pay $ 18,000 in restitution.
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According to prosecutors, the case against Towle surfaced during an investigation into an allegation that he took photos of people showering at UNL.
They were unable to substantiate the allegation. But on September 9, 2020, Towle gave UNL police consent to review the photos on his phone, and they immediately saw child pornography on them.
Once they obtained a search warrant and examined his electronic devices, law enforcement found more than 1,300 videos and approximately 75 images of child pornography, some of which contained “sadistic and masochistic acts committed against children. children under 12 ”.
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He had picked them up in an eight month period since he was 18.
Acting U.S. Attorney Jan Sharp said UNL police investigators learned Towle was a suspect in two National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s cyber councils earlier that year.