NEBRASKA SEX OFFENDER SENTENCED TO 400 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Jack Knight

Charlotte Alerts

An eastern Nebraska admitted to receiving and possessing child pornography

Jack Knight, 54, of Valley, Nebraska, was sentenced on two counts of receiving child pornography and two counts of possessing child pornography on January 31, 2020.

Jack was convicted of the offenses following a four-day jury trial in October 2019.

The evidence at trial established that a November 2017, CyberTip from the National Center for Missing and Exploiting Children led special agents to investigate Jack for committing federal child exploitation offenses. As part of the investigation, federal agents executed a search warrant Aug. 22, 2018, of Jack’s van, in which he was living at the time.

Agents seized two cellular telephones, one laptop, and multiple external storage devices.

Jack admitted to collecting child pornography and told agents that child pornography would be located on the devices inside of his van. Jack also told agents that he had a storage unit in Lincoln, Nebraska, which contained more devices containing child pornography. Authorities traveled to Lincoln and collected three laptops from the defendant’s storage unit.

After conducting initial forensic examinations of some of Jack’s devices he was arrested in Valley, Nebraska. At the time of the arrest, Jack had a new cellular phone that he obtained after the August 2018, search warrant.

Jack also admitted that additional child pornography would be located on this new cellular phone. Agents seized the new cellular phone for forensic analysis.

Among Jack’s laptops, cell phones, and external storage devices, law enforcement found more than 8,000 images of child pornography and 3,000 videos of child pornography. The images included children under the age of 12 and prepubescent minors engaging in sex acts. 

Jack has prior state convictions for:

  • attempted sexual assault of a child (1996 in Lancaster County, Nebraska),
  • third sexual Assault of a child (2013 in York County, Nebraska), and
  • possession with intent to distribute visual depiction of sexually explicit acts (2013 in York County, Nebraska).

Jack is a registered sex offender in the state of Nebraska. After completing his term of imprisonment, Jack will begin a lifetime term of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

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