Weissert Man Sentenced to 100 Months on Child Pornography Charges

OMAHA – A Weissert man has been sentenced today in federal court for receiving child pornography, according to a statement from the Department of Justice.

On February 6, 2020, Zachary Peterson, 36, received via his Yahoo email account four links to MEGA files.  One of the links contained approximately 78 videos of child pornography.  On the same day, Peterson used the Yahoo email account to send images of child pornography.  On February 19, 2020, a law enforcement agent met with Peterson and obtained his cell phone.  There were at least 25 images of child pornography on the phone.

United States District Judge Brian C. Buescher sentenced Peterson to 100 months of imprisonment.  There is no parole in the federal system.  After completing his term of imprisonment, Peterson will begin a 5-year term of supervised release.  Peterson was also ordered to pay $25,000 in fines.

This case was investigated by the Nebraska State Patrol and Federal Bureau of Investigation and 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.