United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that Joshua Clutter, 24, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was sentenced today in federal court in Lincoln for Receipt of Child Pornography. Senior United States District Judge Richard G. Kopf sentenced Clutter to 120 months’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. After his release from prison, Clutter will begin a 20-year term of supervised release. He will also be required to register as a sex offender. The Court further ordered that Clutter pay restitution in the sum of $4,400 to three victims whose images were found in his collection.
On December 11, 2018, agents of Homeland Security Investigations served a federal search warrant on Clutter’s Lincoln residence. Forensic analysis revealed 465 videos of child pornography on various devices. More than 90 images included children in bondage.
During an interview, Clutter admitted downloading child pornography from age 4 and upward. He admitted to viewing child pornography for sexual gratification. Shortly after the warrant was served on his residence, Clutter went on the internet seeking to babysit young children.
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 Homeland Security Investigations.