Falls City man goes to federal prison for child pornography

January 25, 2019 GMT

A Falls City man got 9½ years in federal prison Wednesday for receipt and distribution of child pornography.

Chief U.S. District Judge John M. Gerrard sentenced Corey J. Hayes, 32, to the prison time, plus 10 years of supervised release. Hayes, who pleaded guilty, also will have to register as a sex offender.

In a news release, U.S. Attorney Joe Kelly said in December 2015 Hayes chatted with an undercover Homeland Security agent believing the agent was a 13-year-old girl.

During the chat, Hayes discussed meeting and having sex and sent a photo of himself, as well as images depicting child pornography.

Agents later confirmed his location in Falls City and, in July 2016, executed a search warrant there and seized a computer with 153 files of child pornography, including six of the images Hayes had sent.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006.