Man’s Porn Conviction Reversed

By: WOWT & Associated Press Email
By: WOWT & Associated Press Email

The Nebraska Supreme Court has reversed a Gretna man's child pornography conviction, saying police did not have probable cause to search the man's computers.

Police seized Benjamin Sprunger's computers in 2009 while investigating a credit card fraud case. Sprunger was cleared in that case, but was charged with 20 counts of possessing child pornography.

He was convicted the next year of four counts, sentenced to 18 months probation and ordered to register as a sex offender for 25 years. Records show Sprunger properly registered.

A police affidavit says pictures found on Sprunger's computer depicted children in sexual poses who appeared to be between 9 and 11 years old.

In an opinion Friday, the Nebraska Supreme Court reversed the conviction, saying an affidavit for a warrant to search Sprunger's computers failed to establish probable cause.

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