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Holyoke man sentenced to 9 years for sexual assault of a minor

Calvin Edward Bartz was sentenced on a charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct on Friday, Aug. 12.

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The Carlton County Courthouse (left) and jail in Carlton.
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CARLTON — A Holyoke man was sentenced to 9 years in prison for sexual assault of a minor on Friday, Aug. 12, after being found guilty by a jury in June.

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Calvin Edward Bartz
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Calvin Edward Bartz, 35, was found guilty by a jury on June 23 for two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim under 16.

Carlton County Attorney Lauri Ketola said the second charge was amended to include multiple acts and Bartz was only sentenced for the second charge.

While the defense had argued for a probationary sentence, Judge Rebekka Stumme gave Bartz the maximum sentence possible.

Stumme said Bartz will also have to register as sex offender, give a DNA sample, complete 72 months in prison before being released on supervision for the remainder of his sentence, and will then be on conditional release for 10 years.

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The defense had argued that Bartz was fit for a probation release instead of being sentenced for the charge.
Since he had been on pretrial release and made it to all court dates previously, his attorneys said release on probation would be appropriate.

The defense attorneys also referenced some of Bartz's family and friends in attendance as a good support system for him. Some of his family had also submitted letters of support to the court.

Bartz also spoke as to why he believed probation was the right choice for him as he had built a life in Carlton County.

"(I have) amazing support with my family and friends, I've worked hard for what I have," he said. "Give me the chance to prove I'm no problem and give me probation not prison."

The mother of the victim gave a victim impact statement to the court. The Pine Journal is not identifying the woman to protect the identity of the victim.

"(My daughter) asked me how long he'll be in jail. I said five years, and she said that is not long enough," she said.

The mother added that she felt Bartz had not shown any sign of remorse.

"Me and my family are requesting the longest sentence possible," she said.

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Stumme said by having the case go to trial it meant the young girl had to testify on the stand about the charges, and it was one of the bravest things the judge had seen.

Ketola added in the prosecution's statement before the court that the victim had anxiety of having to retell the story and that Bartz could have spared the victim from the experience, but he didn't.

"He now asks this court for mercy," she said.

In her sentencing, Stumme said she found Bartz's conduct egregious and not under the conditions for probation.

"I sincerely hope you think about how your actions affected someone other than yourself," she said.

According to the criminal complaint, on Aug. 2 2021, Two Harbors Police Department received a call from Lake Memorial Hospital in Two Harbors that reported the sexual assault of a juvenile.

The juvenile reported that Bartz had sexually assaulted her. After being interviewed by law enforcement at his home, Bartz confirmed he was with the girl and cuddled, but denied the reported sexual assault, according to the complaint.

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