Burnett County Man Sentenced To 25 Years For Producing Child Pornography
MADISON – Edmund Brixen, 32, of Siren was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge William Conley to 25 years in federal prison for producing child pornography.
After being released from prison, Brixen will be on supervised release for the rest of his life. Brixen pleaded guilty to this charge on December 6, 2017.
In May 2017, Brixen used a social media app to make contact with an undercover officer posing as a 14-year-old girl. On June 1, 2017, the defendant and the undercover persona agreed to meet at the parking lot of a business.
When Brixen showed up, he was arrested. At that time, law enforcement officers seized Brixen’s phone and subsequently searched it and other devices that belonged to Brixen.
In the phone, officers found evidence that in January 2017, Brixen “met” a 14-year-old on a social media app. The defendant met the victim in person several times. Each time they engaged in sexual conduct.
On January 27, 2017, the defendant picked the victim up from her home and took her to his home in Siren for the weekend. While at the residence, the defendant took numerous sexually explicit pictures of the victim, which the officers found on Brixen’s phone. Officers also found sexually explicit pictures of a 17-year-old on Brixen’s phone.
When Brixen was 14, he was convicted for repeated sexual assault of a child. When the defendant was 19, he was convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old developmentally disabled girl.
In sentencing Brixen, Judge Conley said the defendant fit the definition of sexual predator and was a substantial risk to young girls until he could get a handle on his own predispositions and get a better understanding of the harm he was causing his victims.
The charge against Brixen was the result of an investigation by the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office, Altoona Police Department, Eau Claire Police Department, Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office, Coon Rapids (MN) Police Department and Anoka County (MN) Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman prosecuted the case.