A 34-year-old Kalispell man caught in a sex sting last summer has been given a 15-year suspended sentence to the Montana State Prison.
Daniel Anthony Hall was sentenced on Sept. 17 during a hearing in Flathead County District Court.
Hall was charged with felony sexual abuse of children and during the hearing pleaded guilty by way of Alford. An Alford plea is entered when the defendant proclaims they are innocent but admits that prosecutors have more than enough evidence to prove guilt. Hall will pay a $500 fine and has also been designated a Level I sex offender.
According to court documents, an agent with the Montana Internet Crime Against Children Taskforce posted an ad online indicating that a young woman was available to engage in sexual conduct. Hall responded to the ad and texted the poster that he wanted to help the 12-year-old girl in learning “how to become a (woman).” Hall was then given an address to meet the girl. When he arrived at the home, he was met by officers and arrested.
Hall is the third of six Flathead County men who was caught in an August 2014 sex sting to be sentenced. Two others have already been sentenced while a third, Karl Cilroy Wortley, will be sentenced this week. Two other men are expected to stand trial this fall.