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Eau Claire man ordered to prison for sex with minor

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    Edmund Brixen

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MADISON — An Eau Claire man with a long history of sexually exploiting minor girls was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to 25 years in prison for having sex with a minor and photographing it.

Edmund J. Brixen, 32, committed his first sex offense involving a child when he was 14 years old. At 19, he was sentenced to prison for a sex offense involving a developmentally disabled girl.

Despite becoming a registered sex offender in 2005, Brixen continued to have inappropriate contact with minor girls resulting in four probation revocations, District Judge William Conley said.

According to court documents:

Brixen was arrested in May when he showed up at a Woodman’s food market expecting to meet a 14-year-old girl. Instead, the person he had been communicating with on the internet was an Altoona police detective posing as a young girl.

Sexually explicit photos were recovered from Brixen’s cellphone which led authorities to a Minnesota girl. The 14-year-old girl said she had sexual contact with Brixen on four occasions, the fourth time at a home in Siren where he took nude photos of her.

When the girl cut off contact with him, Brixen found a 15-year-old female on social media. They did not meet but exchanged graphic photos, which authorities also found on Brixen’s cellphone.

Brixen was charged with transporting a girl across state lines with the intent to engage in sex, possession of child pornography and production of child pornography.

He pleaded guilty last fall to the production charge and faced 15 to 30 years in prison.

Assistant U.S. attorney Elizabeth Altman asked for the 30-year maximum sentence, writing the court that Brixen is, “a registered sex offender who remains undeterred from sexually assaulting teenage girls.”

“If he’s not the worst of the worst, it would be hard to find someone much worse,” she told Conley.

Brixen’s attorney, Peter Moyers, agreed that a lengthy sentence was necessary but said 15 years in prison would provide sufficient punishment and protect the public.

Brixen apologized to his victims, who were not present in court.

After completing his sentence, Brixen will be on lifetime supervised release.

Murphy is a Madison-based freelance writer.

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