Man Sentenced to Prison For Child Pornography
Jake Judd | Aug 20, 2019 AT 5:42 pm
(KNSI) - A man has been sentenced to nearly 40-years in prison for soliciting child pornography.
Zachary Witry, of Buffalo, was sentenced on Tuesday in United States District Court in St. Paul after he pleaded guilty in April.
According to the criminal complaint, the 29-year-old man used a number of social media platforms to make contact with teenage girls ranging from 13-17 years old.
A press release says Witry would engage in extensive grooming of his victims and solicited multiple sexually explicit videos and photos from the girls.
Court records show in 2017, Witry made contact with over 210 minor girls within a two-month period with the goal of obtaining sexually explicit photos.
The U.S. Attorney's Office also said he met three of the girls and sexually assaulted them.
Witry is a register sex offender and has two previous state court convictions for solicitation of a child in Sherburne County in 2012 and in Wright County in 2015.
He will be required to register as a predatory offender for life after he's released.