Keith Zonneville, a resident of Dickinson, will serve seven years in prison after pleading guilty on Oct. 6 to luring minors by computer and failing to report, as is required of a sex offender, his social media accounts.
Last February, 37-year-old Zonneville unknowingly reached out to an undercover officer posing as a 14-year-old on the social media application MeetMe.
"He engaged in sexually explicit talk, and then there was a meeting place that was set up, and he essentially went to this meeting spot to meet who he thought was going to be a 14-year-old, and that's when he was arrested," said Amanda Engelstad, who prosecuted Zonneville on behalf of the State of North Dakota.
He had been out on parole for just nine days before offending again.
Zonneville was charged with two counts - failure of a sex offender to register change in computer online identity and luring minors by computer or other electronic means.
Zonneville is a registered sex offender and thus by law must inform the law enforcement agency he is registered with, in writing, of the creation of his MeetMe and Snapchat account within three days of creating said accounts. He failed to do so.
This is a violation of North Dakota Century Code Sections 12.1-32-15(7) and constitutes a Class C Felony, which carries a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment.
"He was sentenced to five years with two years suspended, which means he serves three years of prison time, and then he'll have three years of probation to follow," said Engelstad.
The second count he is charged with was the result of him suggesting or requesting that a female "he believed to be 14 years old engage in a sexual performance, sexual acts and/or sexual contact with him," according to the criminal complaint filed in his case.
This action is a violation of N.D.C.C. 12.1-20-05.1 and constitutes a Class B Felony, which carries a maximum penalty of ten years imprisonment.
"On the second count, he was sentenced to 10 years with actually three years suspended, so he has seven years to serve," Engelstad said.
Following his imprisonment, he will be on probation for 10 years.
Zonneville has a long history with law enforcement, including gross sexual imposition in 2007 and the unlawful presence of sexual offender near a school, as well as several disorderly conduct charges and violations of restraining orders.