A man sentenced last month in state court for beating and raping a Beatrice woman has been indicted on federal pornography charges.
Thirty-one-year-old Joseph Buttercase was scheduled to begin state trial Jan. 24 on three state porn charges. But the U.S. attorney's office has now taken over the case.
Jan Sharp, of the U.S. attorney's office in Omaha, says Buttercase is accused of enticing a person under the age of 18 to engage in sexually explicit conduct, producing material that had been transported across state lines. Buttercase also faces two federal charges of transporting child pornography across state lines.
In the state case, Buttercase was given up to 41 years after being convicted of beating and raping the 29-year-old woman in July 2011