LINCOLN, Neb. -- A 32-year-old Lincoln man will spend over seven years in prison after being convicted of federal child pornography charges.

Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Russell announced Thursday that 32-year-old Ismael R. Cuevas was sentenced to 87 months in prison for receipt of child pornography. He will then have seven years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

Cuevas was additionally ordered to pay $3,000 which will contribute to funds established for victims of these types of cases.

On October 3, 2020, a Nebraska State Patrol investigator used peer-to-peer software to connect to an IP address, which was later identified to be Cuevas’s residence, and downloaded four files containing child pornography. 

On January 7, 2021, a federal search warrant was executed at Cuevas’s residence.  During the search, Cuevas’s cellphone was seized. Investigating agents unlocked his phone using the biometric access permission within the search warrant. Upon looking at the phone, the investigators saw an application on the phone and witnessed that it was in the middle of downloading multiple child pornographic files.

Several devices were seized during the execution of the search warrant. A laptop computer used by Cuevas, a USB drive belonging to Cuevas, and his cellphone were all taken by authorities. A forensic download and examination were completed for each of those devices. The examination of his cellphone revealed more than 100 video files of child pornography and 17,430 images of child pornography, the laptop revealed 24 images of child pornography, and the USB drive revealed more than 50 files of child pornography. 

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. The Nebraska State Patrol led the investigation.