United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that Kevin Miranda-Yepez, 26, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska, for possessing child pornography. Senior United States District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon sentenced Miranda-Yepez to 48 months’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. After his release from prison, he will being a 10-year term of supervised release and if he remains in the United States will be required to register as a sex offender. Miranda-Yepez is a citizen of Mexico and will likely be deported at the completion of his prison term.
Homeland Security Investigations received a Cybertip involving an image of child pornography in March 2016. The tip was traced to an IP address in Omaha. On December 8, 2016, a search warrant on Miranda-Yepez’s residence resulted in the seizure of his phone. Forensic analysis of the phone revealed 76 images of child pornography. The children depicted in sexually explicit conduct ranged in age from five to 13 years. During his interview, Miranda-Yepez admitted that he had searched for and downloaded child pornography from the Internet.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations.