Denmark man reaches plea deal in child pornography case

Brandon Zittlow appears in court. (June 12, 2018)

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - A Denmark man has reached a plea agreement in a child pornography case.

Brandon Zittlow, 19, appeared in Brown County Court Tuesday where he entered guilty pleas to two counts of representation of depicting nudity. Eight felony charges of Possession of Child Pornography by a Person Under Age 18 were dismissed. They will be read into the record at sentencing.

Investigators say Zittlow admitted to viewing, downloading and sharing child pornography. He was looking at images of girls as young as 10 years old and trading photos of naked girls on social apps.

The online file storage company Dropbox contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about suspicious videos uploaded by an account on November 10, 2016. The center notified the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators say they found 10 videos with child pornography on Zittlow's smart phone.

Zittlow was 17 when he was arrested at Denmark High School. The then high school senior told officials he didn't know what he was doing was illegal.

A criminal complaint quoted Zittlow as saying, "I didn't think it was illegal for me to have possession of it since I thought when you were 18 it was illegal."

Zittlow said he used the apps Omegle and Kik to join groups to anonymously exchange messages, photos and videos.

Zittlow asked to be sentenced Tuesday, but the district attorney's office asked the judge to wait. State law requires the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to be alerted about plea deals in cases involving allegations of child pornography. The purpose is to give possible victims a chance to write an impact statement at sentencing.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 26.