Fargo man sentenced to 30 years for producing child pornography

Dewayne William Barth II, 30

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - A 30-year-old Fargo man will spend his next 30 years behind bars after being found guilty of producing child pornography. Dewayne William Barth II was sentenced on Wednesday for Production of Child Pornography, Receipt and Distribution of Child Pornography, and Possession of Child Pornography.

Thirty years is the maximum sentence he could have received. Judge Ralph Erickson also sentenced Barth to lifetime of supervised release and to pay a $300 special assessment to the Crime Victims Fund. Barth is also required to pay $16,000 in restitution.

“No prison sentence can restore what was taken from Mr. Barth’s victim,” said acting Special Agent in Charge William Lowder of HSI St. Paul, “but the lengthy sentence imposed on him by the court serves as a warning to those who would seek to abuse the most vulnerable members of our community.”

This case came to the attention of law enforcement after Homeland Security Investigation Special Agents arrested an individual for production and possession of child pornography in Gatling, Tennessee.

An examination of the computer in Tennessee revealed that the individual was sharing child pornography with multiple persons, including Barth. Specifically, Barth produced and distributed images depicting a 3-year-old child engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

A search warrant for Barth’s email account revealed that Barth was receiving and distributing child pornography via a yahoo email account from May 2014 through October 2014. Another search warrant at Barth’s residence recovered multiple electronic devices collectively containing more than 11,000 files of child pornography.