In 2013, I was a thirteen year veteran of the Wyoming Department of Corrections where I was employed as a Probation/Parole Agent. In February of 2013, I engaged in a relationship with a woman that was on supervised probation with the office I worked out of.
The relationship lasted was on again and off again for three months and involved approximately five sexual encounters. This clearly violated my oath of office and was a violation of departmental policy.
The relationship occurred between two consenting adults. I was not her probation officer. At no time did I attempt to coerce or intimidate her.
During the course of the relationship she began to use methamphetamine and she became extremely paranoid. She feared getting caught and asked me to help her her out of trouble. I informed her I did not have the power or authority to effect her case. I was informed that I was expected to help her our and that if I did not, she would expose our relationship.
In May of 2013, after testing positive for methamphetamine, the female was called into the office so she could be taken into custody. At that time, she revealed our relationship.
That day I was suspended from my job. Distraught, I went home and wrote a will and suicide note. I then drove up to the Bighorn Mountains and sat beneath a tree for two hours with a gun in my mouth.
Unable to pull the trigger, I decide to come down off the mountain. After a short time, a sheriff’s deputy who was trying to locate me found me and transported me to Sheridan Memorial Hospital. I stayed there for ten days before being discharged. I was diagnosed with depression and a previously undiagnosed general anxiety disorder I likely had since I was a teenager.
In August of 2013 I was arraigned on one count of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault which carries with it a mandatory minimum of two (2) years incarceration in prison.
A plea agreement was offered to allow me to plead guilty to one count of 3rd Degree Sexual Assault and probation. I would also be allowed to challenge the case with the Wyoming Supreme Court. County Attorney Matt Redle refused to allow me a deferred imposition. This would allow the felony to come off my record if I successfully completed probation.
To avoid prison, I accepted the plea agreement and in the fall of 2014, I was sentenced to two (2) years of supervised probation which I successfully completed and was discharged from. I was also mandated to register as a sex offender.
My attorney appealed the case to the Wyoming Supreme Court arguing the verbiage of the law was vague and not meant to include probation officers. The conviction was upheld by the Wyoming Supreme Court.