United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that Aaron Lee Fischer, 27, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was sentenced today in Lincoln by Chief United States District Judge John M. Gerrard for production of child pornography. Fischer was sentenced to 21 years and 10 months in prison. There is no parole in the federal system. After his release from prison, Fischer will begin a 10-year term of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender. He was also ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution to the victim of the crime.
In May of 2019, a counselor at a local middle school reported to Lincoln Police that a 13-year-old student had told an aide at the school about meeting an “older boy” at a park in Lincoln and being driven back to his apartment where a sexual encounter took place. The victim’s mother was contacted and a search of the victim’s cell phone revealed a video of the victim and Fischer engaging in sexually explicit contact.
Further investigation determined that Fischer had communicated with the victim through various internet-based social media platforms. The communications culminated with Fischer arranging a meeting with the minor victim. A subsequent search of Fischer’s cell phone also revealed 14 additional videos of child pornography later identified as a second minor victim.
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 Lincoln Police Department.