20-year sentence in Minot child sex crimes case

MINOT, N.D. – A Minot man will serve 20 years in prison after admitting to a series of child sex crimes.

Thirty-eight-year-old Philemon Bartel pleaded guilty in April to felony charges, including gross sexual imposition, promoting an obscene sexual performance by a minor, and two counts of possession of child pornography.

Last November Minot Police investigators followed through with a tip of suspected child pornography from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which they traced to Bartel.

Investigators found hundreds of images of child pornography on Bartel’s electronics. They later learned that Bartel had sexually assaulted a girl on more than one occasion, and also filmed the girl.

Judge Douglas Mattson called Bartel’s actions “deplorable” and said his behavior was “one of nightmares that consume many people.”

Mattson upheld the "rule 11" plea agreement that called for a 30-year sentence with 10 years suspended on the AA-felony gross sexual imposition charge.

The remaining sentences will run concurrent with the 20 years. The state agreed to drop 10 other charges.

“I made a huge mistake. Nobody’s at fault but myself,” said Bartel.

Bartel must also avoid contact with the victim and her family.

He will receive credit for 255 days already served, and must register as a sex offender and complete treatment.