Acting United States Attorney Jan Sharp announced that Christopher Wagner, 46, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced in federal court today in Omaha for production of child pornography. Senior United States District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon sentenced Wagner to 15 years of imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. After completing his term of imprisonment, Wagner will begin a 15-year term of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender. Senior Judge Bataillon ordered Wagner to pay a $17,000 fine and $3,000 in restitution.
On November 12, 2019, officers executed a federal search warrant at Wagner’s residence in Omaha. Officers collected Wagner’s cellular phone. Wagner admitted to viewing child pornography on the internet. Agents forensically examined Wagner’s cellular phone and located about 1,668 images of child pornography with the minors ranging from about 3 to 16 years old.
Four of the images of child pornography on Wagner’s phone showed a naked female who was about six years old. Location data showed the images were created at Wagner’s apartment complex in Omaha. The data showed they were created with Wagner’s cellular phone. Wagner took these images.
Wagner was previously convicted in California of burglary in the first degree (1993), burglary in the first degree (1995) for which he was sentenced to 4 years of imprisonment, and residential burglary (1999) for which he was sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment.
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 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and 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.justice.gov/psc.
The case was investigated by the Omaha Police Department and the Omaha FBI’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force.