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Downing resident sentenced to one year in jail for child enticement

By LeAnn R. Ralph

MENOMONIE  —  A 25-year-old Downing resident has been sentenced to five years of probation and one year in jail on one felony count of child enticement.

Javan E. Kastberg appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court October 5 for a sentencing hearing before Judge Rod W. Smeltzer.

Kastberg initially was charged with one felony count of possessing child pornography related to images and videos on two cellular telephones.

Kastberg, a resident on County Highway Q, Downing, pleaded guilty to the amended charge of child enticement in March of this year.

According to the criminal complaint, a woman who said she was a roommate of Kastberg’s told investigators that she had used Kastberg’s cell phone in December of 2013 because her phone’s batteries needed to be recharged.

The woman said she noticed several squares on the phone that looked like pictures of girls and believed one picture to be her niece.

Upon further investigation, the woman discovered a movie of a young girl on the cell phone who appeared to be about nine years of age and was behaving in a sexual manner.

The woman showed the video to her husband who agreed that girl looked like she was eight or nine years old and that the video appeared to be pornography.

The Dunn County Sheriff’s Department received a call on December 19, 2013, from the probation and parole office in Menomonie relaying the report that the woman had found what she believed to be child pornography, according to the complaint.

Investigators eventually examined two cellular telephones.

A Samsung Galaxy S3 model contained several videos and about 15,000 image files.

The second phone, an LGVS-700 Enlighten, contained 43 images and two suspect videos.

One of the videos depicts a little girl three to five years old being sodomized by an adult male with a vibrator, according to the complaint.

Judge Smeltzer withheld sentence, placed Kastberg on five years of probation, and as a condition of probation, ordered Kastberg to serve one year in jail.

Kastberg will be allowed Huber privileges for mental health treatment and for work.

Judge Smeltzer ordered Kastberg to have no contact with anyone under the age of 18 and not to possess any electronic device that connects to the Internet.

Kastberg also was ordered to participate in counseling and treatment as requested by the Department of Corrections, to take all prescribed medications and to comply with the Sex Offender Registration Program.

Kastberg was ordered to report to the county jail by 5 p.m. October 6.

Child enticement is a Class D felony that carries a potential penalty of up to 25 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $100,000.

Judge Smeltzer ordered Kastberg to pay $263 in court costs and a $250 DNA surcharge. A $500 cash bond was applied to the court costs and DNA surcharge.

A cash bail of $25,000 was set for Kastberg December 23, 2013. Bail was amended to  $7,500 cash in January of 2014 and was reduced to $500 cash in February of 2014.