South Sioux City man sentenced to 63 months in prison for possession of child pornography

South Sioux City man sentenced to 63 months in prison for possession of child pornography


U.S. Attorney Susan Lehr announced that Alexander W. Harlan, 34, of South Sioux City, Nebraska, was sentenced on July 9, 2024, in federal court for possession of child pornography. Chief U.S. District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Harlan to 63 months in prison. There is no parole in the federal system. Following his release from prison, Harlan will begin a 6-year term of supervised release.

On February 16, 2022, Alexander Harlan visited St. Luke’s Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa. During an interview with a social worker, he admitted to possessing child pornography on his electronic devices. During an interview with an FBI agent, Harlan admitted to having child pornography on his devices and stated that he had purchased child pornography from “foreign retailers” from his residence in South Sioux City, Nebraska.

The FBI searched his apartment and seized 12 devices. The devices were forensically examined. The forensic examination revealed over 600 images of child pornography on 3 of the devices.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a national initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by the United States Attorney’s Office and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood mobilizes federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit: www.projetsafechildhood.gov.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.