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Courtland Man Sentenced To 40 Years In Prison For Production Of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Minnesota

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of PHILLIP MARK REINHART, 38, to 40 years in prison for production and attempted production of child pornography. REINHART, who pleaded guilty on January 17, 2019, was sentenced before Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, between May 2017 and March 2018, REINHART created and attempted to create sexually explicit images of two minors who were seven and nine years old at the time of the offense. REINHARD then distributed those images, along with other images and videos of child pornography, via Kik Messenger.

This case was brought as 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. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI and the Nicollet County Sheriff's Office.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Manda M. Sertich prosecuted the case.


Defendant Information:


Courtland, Minn.


  • Production of child pornography, 1 count
  • Attempted production of child pornography, 1 count


  • 480 months in prison
  • 20 years of supervised release





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United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600

Updated June 10, 2019

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