leather small purse Convicted sex offender objects to extending probation
A 57 year old Minot man convicted last year of luring a minor by computer is objecting to the state proposal to extend his probation.
William Joseph Wallace pleaded guilty in October 2017 to the Class C felony and is serving an 18 month prison sentence. The original sentence called for him to receive a five year sentence, serve 18 months, and be on probation for four years. The sentence was amended on Nov. 8 to lower the probationary period to three years. Wallace is also required to register as a sex offender.
However, the state filed to increase the length of probation to five years after the state prison system notified them that they must do so or the sentence would be illegal, according to court documents. State law requires probation to be a minimum of five years in length for a Class C felony luring a minor by computer charge. Ward County Assistant State Attorney William O wrote in a follow up motion that the Department of Corrections won accept Wallace into the prison system until the original judgement has been amended.
Wallace, who is currently incarcerated at the Ward County Jail, has written a number of letters to the presiding judge in objection. Wallace wrote that he fired his lawyer, Tom Slorby, because he was unhappy with Slorby representation of him. He wants a new pre sentence investigation because he said the psychologist who administered his last test wouldn let him answer the questions in the way he wanted to. Wallace wrote that he has never had a sexual interest in children. Wallace also wants a new court appointed lawyer, because he said his business has gone into a decline because of the publicity surrounding his case, and he wants a new judge. Wallace responded to the ad. Cousins wrote in the affidavit that she told him there were three females available, a 26 year old, a 16 year old and a 14 year old and Wallace eventually indicated that he was interested in meeting the one. Wallace sent multiple sexually explicit text messages and left voice mail messages indicating his interest in meeting a female. Wallace indicated he was interested in meeting middle one in the posted photo of three females. Cousins, posing as the girl, reportedly told Wallace she couldn rent a hotel room since she was only 16. She set up a meeting near the Sleep Inn parking lot at the Dakota Square Mall. Wallace arrived for the meeting in a 2000 black Chevy Silverado truck registered to his company, Bill Refrigeration, and was arrested. Wallace denied that he was there to meet a 16 year old girl. Police also reportedly found marijuana and a pipe with marijuana residue on Wallace person when they searched him after his arrest.
A hearing in the case is scheduled for today before Judge Todd Cresap in district court in Minot, though Wallace is asking for the hearing to be continued to give him more time to find a new lawyer.