Man sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexually exploiting an Owensboro minor

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Published: Nov. 18, 2022 at 12:50 PM CST
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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - 54-year-old Christopher Bertolett of St. Louis, Missouri was sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexually exploiting an Owensboro minor.

Owensboro Police Department officials say Bertolett previously pled guilty to four federal charges, including enticing a minor.

Officials obtained a search warrant for Bertolett’s cell phone where there was evidence of portraying a juvenile in a sexual manner.

Bertolett admitted in January of 2021 that he met a 14-year-old Owensboro girl through online apps, where he discussed a variety of sexual topics.

On or about May 9, 2021, Bertolett rented a car and drove from Saint Louis to Owensboro, where he met the girl at an Owensboro motel and sexually exploited her.

Owensboro law enforcement officials then arrested Bennett on May 10, 2021.

In addition to his 30-year sentence, Bertolett was ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution.

He was also ordered to serve a life term of supervised release after he is released from prison.