Feb 14, 2020 7:59 PM

NSP arrests three in child pornography, meth investigations

Posted Feb 14, 2020 7:59 PM

LINCOLN  — Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) Technical Crimes Division have arrested three people for possession of child pornography or possession of methamphetamine in separate investigations this week.

On Wednesday, investigators executed a search warrant at a residence at 13850 Kenilworth in Waverly after receiving a cyber-tip through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The search revealed more than 100 images of child pornography in a cloud-based storage account and additional images on devices at the home.

Colin Gierke, 24, was arrested for possession and distribution of child pornography. Gierke was lodged in Lancaster County Jail.

On Thursday, investigators executed a search warrant at a residence at 324 S. Fillmore Street in Bruning. The investigation began with a cyber-tip from NCMEC. During the search, investigators found multiple images of child pornography as well as methamphetamine.

The resident, Shane Smith, 50, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and lodged in Thayer County Jail. Charges related to child pornography are pending as the investigation continues. Smith is a registered sex offender.

On Friday, investigators executed a search warrant at a residence at 2325 N. Broadwell Avenue #105 in Grand Island. This investigation also began with a cyber-tip received through NCMEC. During the search, investigators found multiple images of child pornography. Michael Taylor, 53, was arrested for possession of child pornography and lodged in Hall County Jail.

NCMEC receives cyber-tips from a variety of tech companies and works closely with the NSP Technical Crimes Division to provide information that can be used to begin investigations.

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Gov. Ricketts’ Presidents’ Day statement

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement in observance of Presidents’ Day, which is celebrated on Monday, February 17, 2020.

“On Presidents’ Day, we gratefully recall the lives of the leaders who’ve held our nation’s highest office.  The holiday falls between the birthdays of George Washington (February 22nd) and Abraham Lincoln (February 12th).  President Washington heroically led American troops during the Revolutionary War and served as the first President of the American Republic in its infancy.  President Lincoln showed remarkable courage under the pressures of civil war, and he helped put an end to slavery.  As we reflect on their lives, let’s give thanks for the legacy of liberty they have given us.  And let’s build on this heritage so that the United States continues to be the land of the free and the home of the brave.”