Horicon Man Sentenced To Three Years In Prison On Child Porn Charges

(Horicon) A Horicon man guilty of possessing illicit images of children was sentenced to three years in prison Thursday. In November, Bryan Hartley entered a no contest plea to three felony counts of Child Pornography. Seven additional charges were dismissed but read into the record.

The instant messaging app Kik generated a cyber complaint against two of its users that uploaded illegal pictures in February of 2020. The accounts were tied back to Hartley. Dodge County deputies executed a search warrant at Hartley’s residence and found a flash drive that contained illicit images.

At sentencing, Assistant District Attorney Yolanda Tienstra said viewing child pornography is a crime done in secret but the damage to its victims is public and ongoing. She says this never-ending victimization is what merits a mandatory prison term.

The 40-year-old was also placed on extended supervision for three years.