Former New York City Police Officer Spared Lengthy Prison Term for Possession of child Pornography

USA V. Mike N.

Mr. Niebling was a 70 year old, highly decorated retired New York City Police Detective.  He became depressed and turned to alcohol late in life, and also fell pray to urges he did not understand.  Even though he never touched a child inappropriately, never tried to communicate with any children, and did nothing other than view images on his computer, he was facing over 14 years in prison.  By proving to the court what his limited criminal conduct was really about, Mr. Niebling was able to receive a sentence where he served just over three years in jail.