Former Stevens Point man gets 26 years for child pornography
Christopher J. Ehlenfeldt, 41, formerly of Stevens Point, was sentenced Thursday, Oct. 26, by Portage County Judge Thomas Flugaur to 26 years of prison consecutive to his 25-year prison sentence in Shawano County.
He will serve a total initial sentence of 15 years for his 59 counts of possession of child pornography from his Shawano County case, and then he will serve an additional 13 years in prison for his 29 counts of child pornography and taking images of nudity without consent in the Portage County case.
Between both cases, when his prison terms are completed, Ehlenfeldtwill be on extended supervision for 23 years.
Ehlenfeldt is the largest peer-to-peer collector of child pornography convicted in Portage County history and will be under DOC prison and extended supervision until he is 92 years old and then will be on lifetime sex offender monitoring, according toPortage County District Attorney Louis J. Molepske, Jr.
“Fifty-one years sends a message to the Portage and Shawano County communities that possession of child pornography will not be tolerated,” said Molepske.
Ehlenfeldt was convicted by a jury on Aug. 31, 2017, of possessing 29 counts of child pornography and one count a taking an image of nudity without consent. His computer was turned into the Stevens Point Police Department Aug. 16, 2012, by a family member who suspected child pornography was on it.
The Portage County Sheriff Department worked with the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation’s Computer Forensic Unit to crack the hidden and nested files, which led to more than 25,000 images and videos of children, some as young as 5 years old being sexually assaulted and exploited by adult men, adult women and animals.
He also was convicted of taking nude pictures of a family member without the family member’s consent while the family member slept.
“At the sentencing a child victim, now an adult, testified regarding her victimization when she was forced to produce a graphic child pornography video with her biological father that the defendant had downloaded and possessed,” Molepske said. “The victim, identified by the pseudonym ‘Vicky,’ told the court how much she is victimized every time someone like the defendant watches the video of her, and that child pornography is not a victimless crime.
“The defendant became addicted to child pornography and traded his family for an online world of the most graphic and reprehensible victimization of toddlers and young children this county has seen– he was pleasured by innocent children’s pain,” said Molepske.
The case was investigated by the Stevens Point Police Department, Shawano Sheriff Office and the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation’s Computer Forensic Unit.