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Wisconsin man sentenced to 50 years in prison for producing child porn involving infant, toddler

WASHINGTON (CBS 58) – A Marshfield man was sentenced to 50 years in prison for producing child pornography involving an infant and toddler during the summer of 2017.

Mark E. Bartz, 48, pleaded guilty on July 3, to two counts of producing child pornography. In addition to his prison sentence, he was sentenced to 25 years of supervised release.

According to court documents, Bartz produced child pornography involving a toddler and infant, including visual depictions of himself engaging in sexually explicit conduct with the infant. Bartz was also the administrator of online chat groups devoted to the trading of child pornography and posted the sexually explicit images he produced to those groups. He also engaged in sexually explicit conduct with other minors over the course of decades.

This investigation was a part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.

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