BEATRICE, Neb. — A man sentenced last month in state court for beating and raping a Beatrice woman has been indicted on federal pornography charges.

Joseph Buttercase, 31, had been scheduled to begin his state trial Jan. 24 on three state porn charges, but the U.S. Attorney's Office has taken over the case.

Jan Sharp of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Omaha said Buttercase is accused of enticing a person under the age of 18 to engage in sexually explicit conduct and producing material that had been transported across state lines. Buttercase also faces two federal charges of transporting child pornography across state lines.

Buttercase was given up to 41 years in state prison after being convicted of beating and raping a 29-year-old woman in July 2011. — AP

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