Lyon County man gets 12 years prison for child porn

Daniel O'Brien, 27, of Wellnigton, sentenced to prison for distribution of child pornography. Washoe County jail photograph.
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - A Lyon County man will serve more than 12 years in prison for distributing child pornography, a federal judge decided Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Howard D. McKibben sentenced Daniel O’Brien, 27, of Wellington to 151 months in prison, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

O’Brien pleaded guilty Sept. 14 to distribution of child pornography. He admitted he used his cellular telephone to send images and videos.

Investigators found 172 images and 30 videos of child pornography on his cell phone and computer, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

The case was investigated by the Northern Nevada Child Exploitation Task Force, which is comprised of members of the FBI, the Reno Police Department, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, and the Nevada Attorney General’s Office. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office also assisted with the investigation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.