Marshfield man sentenced for possessing child porn

After prison, man will be on supervised released for his lifetime

A Marshfield man has been sentenced to prison possession of child pornography.

Bryan Erbst, 49, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge William Conley to 90 months in prison.

The prison term is to be followed by a lifetime period of supervised release.

Erbst pleaded guilty to the charge on Aug. 28.

In February 2011, an undercover officer downloaded several videos from a peer-to-peer file sharing program Erbst was using. A search warrant was later executed at Erbst’s home and computer equipment was seized. When officers analyzed the equipment, they found numerous child pornography videos and images.

In addition to the prison sentence and supervised release, Erbst was ordered to forfeit the computer equipment that contained the images and to pay $4,000 in restitution to the victims in the case.

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