A Courtland man who sexually abused two children and shared explicit photos of them with an undercover FBI agent will spend decades in federal prison.
Phillip Mark Reinhart, 38, recently was convicted of child pornography charges in federal court as well as a criminal sexual conduct charge in district court.
Reinhart was sentenced to 40 years in prison last week in U.S. District Court in St. Paul. He received a concurrent sentence Monday in Nicollet County District Court.
Reinhart was arrested last spring after he took explicit pictures of two girls, ages 7 and 9, whom he knew and sent to an undercover FBI agent. He sent the images via an instant messaging application and asked the FBI agent to send him images of girls in return. He also shared a pornographic video, according to the court complaint filed in Nicollet County.
The FBI tracked the sender's IP address to identify Reinhart as the suspect.
When an FBI agent and Nicollet County sheriff's investigator interviewed Reinhart, he admitted to abusing the girls and sending photos of them to multiple people.
One of the girls then told investigators she was the victim of ongoing abuse.
Reinhart was charged with 19 crimes in Nicollet County in April 2018. Federal charges of producing and possessing child pornography were filed in July 2018.
Reinhart pleaded guilty to two of the federal charges in January. On Thursday a federal judge sentenced him to 40 years in prison followed by 20 years of supervised release.
He also pleaded guilty to one felony count of criminal sexual conduct on Thursday in Nicollet County. All other local charges were dismissed.
Reinhart was sentenced Monday to 70 months in prison. But it is concurrent with the federal sentence, meaning it is in effect negated.
The local sentence also requires Reinhart to register as a predatory offender after he is released from prison.