Lincoln man facing child porn charge now accused of sex assault

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A 47-year-old Lincoln man, arrested Tuesday for allegedly possessing child pornography images that had been edited to include the face of a child he knows, now is accused of third-degree sexual assault of a child.

Lancaster County Sheriff’s deputies picked up James Pulec on a warrant on the initial allegations Tuesday morning.

In an affidavit for Pulec’s arrest, Ed Sexton, an investigator with the Nebraska Attorney General’s office, said in November law enforcement tools determined someone was trying to file-share child pornography files. He said the IP address came back to the Lincoln apartment near 14th and G streets where Pulec was staying.

Officials got a warrant, and went there Dec. 6 to search for electronics. Sexton said they took Pulec’s computer, which had file-sharing software and child pornography files that had been viewed. They’d been deleted.

But, Sexton said, at least 10 of the images had been edited using software to paste another child’s face over the original faces and included comments that referred to sexually explicit activities. One of the edited pictures had been saved as the wallpaper for the computer and another as the screen-lock image, he said.

Wednesday, Pulec made his first court appearance on the child pornography charge, where Lancaster County Court Judge Timothy Phillips set his bond at $200,000.

He since has been booked on third-degree sexual assault of a child for alleged, inappropriate sexual touching.

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