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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Wisconsin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Marshfield Man Sentenced to 50 Years for Producing Child Pornography Involving Infant and Toddler

MADISON, WIS. – A Marshfield, Wisconsin man was sentenced today to 50 years in federal prison for producing child pornography involving an infant and toddler during the summer of 2017.

Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the U.S. Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Scott C. Blader for the Western District of Wisconsin and Special Agent in Charge R. Justin Tolomeo of the FBI’s Milwaukee Field Office, made the announcement.

Mark E. Bartz, 48, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.  Bartz 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.

At the sentencing, Judge Conley said the defendant is a serial child abuser and he called Bartz’s conduct among the most abhorrent crimes a person could commit.

FBI Milwaukee investigated the case with substantial assistance from the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children (VCAC) Section.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman of the Western District of Wisconsin and Trial Attorney Jessica L. Urban of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) prosecuted the case.

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. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and 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 www.justice.gov/psc.

Updated October 4, 2018