52 year old Joseph Benz has been charged with possession and distribution of child pornography
Attorney General Jon Bruning announced Thursday that Benz is being charged with three counts each of possession and distribution of child pornography.
The arrest stemmed from an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office cybercrimes unit and was made late Wednesday by the Kearney Police Department.
“Each time a pornographic image of a child is traded online, the child is revictimized,” said Bruning. “We will do everything in our power to ensure he is held accountable for this appalling exploitation.”
A search warrant was executed at Benz’s home on Tuesday. A search of one computer uncovered upwards of 20,000 questionable image files. The investigation of at least two other computers is ongoing.