ELK RIVER, Minn. - An Elk River man was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to criminal sexual conduct.
Investigators say 30-year-old Wayne Leistico engaged in at least one sexual act with a 7-year-old, a crime that he videotaped. That video was discovered by a family member who alerted authorities.
Search warrants executed in Sherburne and Anoka Counties turned up over 1,200 images of suspected child pornography that were linked to Leistico.
Assistant Sherburne County Attorney Leah Emmans is hopeful that the lengthy prison sentence will provide some relief for the victim and for her parents.
"Her mom and dad have made every court appearance," said Emmans in a written release. "Their impact statements to the Court were a powerful reminder that no prison sentence repairs the damage that the victims and their loved ones suffer in cases such as these."
Leistico awaits possible charges in Federal Court for possession and manufacturing of child pornography.
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