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Former Omaha police officer pleads guilty to possession of child pornography

LINCOLN, Nebraska (Nebraska) — A former Omaha police officer facing federal child pornography charges changed his guilty plea on one charge Monday.

Christopher Groth was originally charged with transporting child pornography in February 2022, a couple of weeks before two other related charges were added. Earlier this month, a 39-year-old man pleaded guilty to one count of producing child pornography; On Monday, he pleaded guilty to charges of possession of child pornography, changing his original “not guilty” plea.

“There is no plea agreement in this case,” court records say.

Christopher Groth (Saline County Sheriff’s Office)

Senior Magistrate John M. Gerrard presided over Monday’s hearing.

Court documents say Groth coerced a minor into sexually explicit acts between September and December 2020 in order to create a visual image. In these documents, Grot acknowledges the existence of eight such images.

The documents also state that Groth was treated for a mental or emotional disorder “from 2002 to 2003 on and off.”

Groth originally appeared in federal court on February 16, waiving his right to a preliminary hearing.

Court documents say Grote was taken into custody at the U.S. Marshal’s office and will remain in Saline County Jail until his June 5 sentencing hearing, almost exactly two years after he took possession of the images, court officials say. documentation.

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