MINATARE, Neb. -- A man from Minatare was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison for a child pornography charge. 

U.S. Attorney Steven Russell said 35-year-old Richard Knott, Jr., of Minatare, was sentenced in Lincoln on Friday. He was given 150 months in prison for possession of child pornography and will have 10 years of supervised release after his initial sentence. There is no parole in the federal system. Knott was also ordered to pay $4,000 to a fund made for victims of this type of crime and will continue to be required to register as a sex offender once he is released from prison.

According to court documents, authorities were investigating the sharing of child pornography on a specific foreign-based cloud storage website. The investigation mainly focused on two hyperlinks with folders and subfolders of child pornography that mostly showed infants and toddlers.

Officials said they looked at the user accounts that were accessing and downloading child pornography from the two links. The IP address and the subscriber information for the email address from one of the user accounts traced back to Knott.

Authorities said a federal search warrant was used at Knott’s home on June 9, 2021. Officials took two of Knott’s cellphones, a hard drive, and five laptop computers. Knott reportedly agreed to be interviewed and admitted that he began watching and downloading child pornography one year after he was released from prison for a prior child pornography crime. Knott was convicted in 2012 for possessing child pornography in Scotts Bluff County.

According to court documents, 33,000 images and 7,000 videos of child pornography were found on Knott’s cellphone and other devices.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.