On October 25, 2013, Wayne Leistico, 30, Elk River, MN was sentenced to 30 years in prison for Criminal Sexual Conduct in the First Degree and Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Second Degree in Sherburne County District Court. Judge Sheridan Hawley sentenced Leistico to the statutory maximum. Leistico pled guilty to the charges in August 2013.
According to Sheriff Joel Brott, in December 2012, an investigation began when a video of Leistico engaging in a sexual act with a 7 year old victim was discovered by a family member. The video was turned over to the Sheriff’s Office as evidence. Leistico was taken into custody shortly thereafter.
Search warrants were executed in Sherburne and Anoka Counties by members of the Sherburne County Criminal Investigation Division (CID). As a result of those warrants, additional evidence was discovered that showed Leistico was also in possession of over 1,200 images of suspected child pornography.
Assistant 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. 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.