Altoona man is sentenced in Monroe County for child sex crimes

MONROE COUNTY, Wis. – According to a press release, Monroe County District Attorney Kevin D. Croninger announced that on Jan. 5, 2024, Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Todd L. Ziegler sentenced 44-year-old Eric Wirth to 25 years in the Wisconsin State Prison System.

Wirth rejected a plea bargain that would have dismissed six of the counts but left the most serious charge in place. The charges stem from conduct that occurred between May 2017 and July 2021.

The sentence handed down by Monroe County Circuit Court judge Todd Ziegler includes 15 years of supervised release. Ziegler opted for the 25-year sentence recommended by District Attorney Kevin Croninger. The Wisconsin Department of Corrections recommended 10 years.

The press release says after completing his 25-year term in the Wisconsin State Prison System, Wirth will be supervised for an additional 15 years by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

According to the press release, Wirth was convicted by a Monroe County jury in September of 2023 of eight charges including repeated sexual assault of same child, use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, cause a child to view sexual activity, exposing a child to harmful material, two counts of sexual exploitation of a child, sex with a child age 16 or older, and possession of cocaine.

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