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Fed. court in Omaha sentences men for sexual assault and other charges

Posted at 12:09 PM, Aug 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-27 13:09:19-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — United States Attorney Joseph P. Kelly says four men were sentenced today in Omaha. The charges they faced individually were for identity theft, sexual assault and possessing child pornography. Since the cases were prosecuted on a federal level, parole will not be an option.

25-year-old Thomas Janes of Papillion was sentenced to 24 months of imprisonment for possessing child pornography. After his release, he will begin a five-year period of supervised release and will have to register as a sex offender.

Janes was investigated by several agencies including: Homeland Security Investigations, Cyber Crimes Center and the Child Exploitation Investigations Unit. During that time, they found him to be in possession of over 600 videos and over 1,700 images of child pornography. Janes was 25 during their investigation.

36-year-old Michael Aldrich, of the Omaha Nation, was sentenced to 96 months for sexually assaulting a woman on the Winnebago Indian Reservation. After release, he will face a 25-year term of supervised release.

He was found guilty of pushing a woman to the ground in a secluded area and forcibly sexually assaulting her.

The case was investigated by the Winnebago Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

18-year-old Russell Morrison, of the Winnebago, was sentenced to 60 months of imprisonment for sexually assaulting a minor on the Winnebago Indian Reservation. Morrison will be on a five-year period of supervised release after his sentence.

Morrison was found guilty of sexually assaulting an intoxicated minor after providing her the alcohol. The girl did not remember much of the incident but learned about it later when images of her in a state of undress were shared on Snapchat says the Kelly's office.

After using a rape kit on the girl and obtaining Morrison's DNA, investigators were able to determine that he raped her as well.

The case was investigated by the Winnebago Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

37-year-old Gage Davis of Detroit, Michigan was sentenced for identity theft and use of Social Security numbers to obtain cell phones from retail outlets in Central Nebraska. He was sentenced to 54 months of imprisonment and will face a three-year term of supervised release upon release from prison. He will also pay a restitution to victims of $22,126.

Kelly's Office says Gage and another man bought cellphones at towns throughout Nebraska using stolen identifications. He was arrested at a U.S. Cellular store in Ainsworth, Nebraska and was found to be in possession of counterfeit identifications.

The case was investigated by: Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General, the Nebraska States Patrol, Sheriff’s Offices of Brown County and Holt County Nebraska and the Police Departments in Lexington, Kearney, Holdrege, Norfolk, Beatrice, Columbus, Grand Island and Hastings.