Becker man gets 60 months in child pornography case

A Becker man has been sentenced in connection with a child pornography case.

On May 3, 2012, investigators from the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI and the Becker Police Department arrested Gregory Shartle, 29, of Becker for the possession and distribution of child pornography, and booked him into the Sherburne County Jail.

Through investigation, investigators were able to obtain a search warrant for a residence in the 12000 block of Carole Drive in Becker. During the search, investigators located numerous computers and an Internet computer server system owned and used by Shartle. Forensic examination of the computer system revealed numerous photos of child pornography.

The Sherburne County Attorney’s Office prosecuted Shartle and on Oct. 19, he entered a plea of guilty to three counts of dissemination of pornographic work and two counts of possession of pornographic work in Sherburne County District Court.

After a pre-sentence investigation, on Jan. 7 Shartle was sentenced to 60 months in prison by Judge Sheridan Hawley in Sherburne County District Court.  Following his prison sentence, Shartle will serve a five-year conditional release period.

Shartle was to be transferred to the Minnesota Department of Corrections in St. Cloud.