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Detectives Arrest Child Porn Distributor in Nebraska After Tips From National Database Helped Them Trace The Suspect

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La Vista police arrested and charged Scott Wilson, 20, after investigators executed a search warrant in his home and said they found more than a dozen images of child pornography.

Sarpy County prosecutors filed a complaint in court, stating Wilson possessed the illegal images in May 2019.

Wilson, who was arrested Jan. 14 and booked into the Sarpy County Jail, now faces 16 felony counts of possession of a visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct with intent to deliver.

While neighbors who live near Wilson’s home said they were shocked, La Vista police Detective Josh McNeil said this case was disturbing.

“(Wilson) came up several times over a period of a couple months, and we wrote a search warrant for the residence and seized his devices and located a lot of pornographic images on his devices,” McNeil said.

McNeil said his team of investigators is not the only group looking for cases like this on the dark web.

“The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has a database of files that’s continuously being monitored that are confirmed child pornography images,” he said.

McNeil said that database helped La Vista police trace illegal images back to an IP address that then led them to Wilson’s home, just blocks away from La Vista Middle School.

“We’re always going to be looking for this type of offense,” McNeil said.

One neighbor said off camera it “scares the crap” out of her knowing the suspect lives close to her home.

McNeil said the technology is always changing for law enforcement and for criminals.

“It’s a game of us catching up to them and them finding another way to go about doing it, and us catching up to them again to figure out what they’re doing,” he said.

Wilson posted a signature bond of $5,000. He is due back in Sarpy County court for a bail review hearing Thursday morning.

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