OMAHA, Neb. -- A 51-year-old Omaha man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for possessing child pornography. 

The Acting U.S. Attorney announced that 51-year-old Scott A. Baze, of Omaha, was sentenced Friday to 188 months (15 years) in prison for possession of child pornography by the Chief United States District Judge.

After he is released from prison, Baze will begin a lifetime term of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

Court documents said the terms of Baze’s supervised release prohibit him from having any contact with children under the age of 18, unless it is approved by the United States Probation Office. He was ordered to pay $66,000 in restitution.

Baze's criminal actions were described in court documents starting with the investigation.

An investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office along with the FBI Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force determined that between Jan. 14 and Feb. 1, Baze, using his cell phone and through the internet, got images of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

It was reported that the investigation was triggered in May of 2021 when Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies requested that Baze, a registered sex offender, allow them to search his cellphone. That search showed Baze had previously possessed images of child pornography.

During the following search warrant of Baze’s Omaha residence, investigators found evidence of more than 1,500 images and three videos of child porn on a cellphone that belonged to Baze.

Baze was had previously been convicted on July 17, 2001 for sexual assault of a child in Douglas County District Court and got a 20-month to 5-year prison sentence. Baze was also previously convicted on June 3, 2010, of possession of child pornography, in Douglas County District Court and got a 20- to 60-month prison sentence.