South Sioux City Man Sentenced to 63 Months’ for Possession of Child Pornography

South Sioux City Man Sentenced to 63 Months’ for Possession of Child Pornography
July 10th, 2024 | United States Attorney's Office

United States 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 United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr., sentenced Harlan to 63 months’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. After Harlan’s release from prison, he will begin a 6-year term of supervised release.

On February 16, 2022, Alexander Harlan self-admitted to 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. In an interview with an FBI agent, Harlan admitted to having child pornography on his devices and said he purchased child pornography from “overseas retailers” from his residence in South Sioux City, Nebraska.

The FBI searched his apartment and seized 12 devices. The devices were submitted for forensic examination. The forensic examination yielded over 600 images of child pornography on 3 of the devices.

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 Attorney’s 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 about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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