United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Nicholas Plachy, age 23, formerly of Lincoln, Nebraska, was sentenced on April 26, in Lincoln, Nebraska, to 5 years in prison by United States District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon, for receipt and distribution of child pornography. After his release from prison, Plachy will be required to serve a 10 year term of supervised release and be registered as a sex offender.
Plachy came to the attention of local law enforcement through a proactive file sharing investigation conducted by the Lincoln Police Department. The police department used automated software to determine that a computer utilizing a specific IP address was sharing child pornography through the Internet.
The investigation led to the execution of a search warrant at Plachy’s residence in April 2012. A forensic examination of the seized computers and related items belonging to Plachy revealed over 250 gigabytes of videos and digital images of child pornography.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.