Omaha man sentenced in federal court for conspiracy to sex traffic a minor

(Omaha, NE) -- An Omaha man is sentenced to nearly two decades in prison for sex trafficking.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says on Friday, 32 year old Thomas Holbert was sentenced in federal court to 235 months, or 19.5 years, for Conspiracy to Sex Traffic a Minor. After his release from prison, Holbert will serve 5 years of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender.

Prosecutors say federal agents began investigating in September 2020, after two Omaha foster children went missing from their foster home. They say the investigation showed that Holbert picked up the victims, aged 16 and 17, and brought them to a hotel where he posted online advertisements promoting the minors for commercial sex acts. Prosecutors say both victims then engaged in sex acts for money, with Holbert and others receiving financial proceeds from the acts.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the Omaha Police Department and the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office.

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