A Mandan man has been sentenced to more than 24 years in prison for downloading and producing child pornography.
U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland on Friday sentenced Harold Fetzer, 68, to 24 years and five months in prison for sexual exploitation of minors and possession of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors.
Fetzer had pleaded guilty to the charges on Nov. 14.
Fetzer originally was charged in state court in July with possession of certain materials prohibited for using a peer-to-peer network to download child pornography. During an interview with law enforcement, Fetzer disclosed that he had inappropriately touched a child younger than 10 years old. The child confirmed the contact during an interview at the Dakota Children’s Advocacy Center. Fetzer then was charged with gross sexual imposition.
Both state court charges were dismissed after Fetzer was indicted in federal court.
The U.S. attorney’s Office said Fetzer produced and possessed 1,216 still images and 274 videos depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Hovland ordered Fetzer to pay restitution of $9,208.01 and pay a $200 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme prosecuted the case. Also involved in the investigation were the North Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Mandan Police Department and the Morton County State’s Attorney’s Office.