Omaha Man Sentenced to Six Years for Possessing Child Pornography
Randy D. Van Beek, 59, was sentenced Monday in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska, for receiving and possessing child pornography. The Honorable Laurie Smith Camp sentenced Van Beek to seventy-two (72) months of imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal prison system. After his release from prison, Van Beek will serve a ten (10) year term of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender.
A computer in Van Beek’s home was observed on three separate occasions in March, 2014 with child pornography available for sharing. A search warrant was served on the home on May 22, 2014. Van Beek admitted to viewing and deleting child pornography. Forensic analysis of his computers revealed more than 500 videos and 400 images of child pornography many of which involved prepubescent children engaged in sexual acts with other prepubescent children and adults.
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. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
This case was investigated by the Omaha FBI’s Cyber Crime Task Force (CCTF).