SEXUAL ABUSE

RONALD ALAN HALSTEAD, 32, Rock Springs, pleaded guilty Oct. 12 to one count of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor. In a plea agreement, another count of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor and a count of distribution to a person under 18 were to be dismissed. Attorneys will jointly recommend an imposed five- to 12-year prison sentence to run concurrently with charges in Sweetwater County of strangulation of a household member. A 15-year-old girl told police that she met him on Facebook in September 2020 and they corresponded for three weeks. He was coming to Gillette to play golf and asked if she wanted to hang out. After he arrived, she snuck out of her house to meet him where he parked around the corner. He took her to his hotel, where she said they had intercourse, according to court documents.

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