WOONSOCKET — A Woonsocket man will serve eight years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary after being sentenced for the crime of soliciting a minor.
Wayne Halvorsen, 33, was sentenced to 10 years in the state prison with two years suspended on the condition that he pays a $1,000 fine, attorney fees and court costs, refrains from contact with anyone under age 18 and completes required South Dakota Department of Corrections programming.
Halvorson was sentenced on Aug. 11 after pleading guilty in February. Another solicitation charge and two felony sexual exploitation of a minor charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. Third Circuit Court Judge Patrick Pardy issued the sentence.
According to court documents, an investigation by the Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office and the South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation indicated that Halvorson had solicited nude photos from a pair of teenage girls, saved them and threatened to post them publicly on social media unless they sent him more photos.
Authorities said Halvorsen told law enforcement following his arrest that he knew the girls were between the ages of 12 and 14 when he communicated with them via Snapchat in 2019 when one of the girls reported the communication.