Wade Steele, 44, was originally charged with two gross sexual imposition charges stemming from an incident at the Super 8 motel on Hwy. 2 in Devils Lake following a bowling outing.

Wade Steele, jailed since his arrest on Oct. 5 of last year, was sentenced Friday to 10 years in the Dept. of Corrections after pleading guilty to sodomizing a teen family member in 2012.

Steele, 44, had originally been charged with a two gross sexual imposition charges stemming from an incident at the Super 8 motel on Hwy. 2 in Devils Lake following a bowling outing. The underage victim revealed in a statement that Steele had forced sexual contact upon her on separate occasions on the evening in question.

He faced both an AA-level and A-level felony charge, which could have gotten him life in prison without parole. Steele ultimately plead guilty to the lesser gross sexual imposition charge.

According to the portion of the North Dakota Century Code that covers gross sexual imposition against minors, “a person who engages in a sexual act with another, or who causes another to engage in a sexual act, is guilty of an offense if the victim is less than fifteen years old.”

Judge Donovan Foughty sentenced Steele to 20 years in prison to serve 10 with 10 years of probation and credit for 296 days served. Steele has a light criminal history in North Dakota, the most serious charge being a misdemeanor for writing a bad check in 1996.