Man pleads not guilty to two felony sex abuse charges
SHERIDAN — A 23-year-old man pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor in 4th Judicial District Court Thursday.
Nicky Hopkins faces charges of second and third degree sexual abuse of a minor. The incident described in court documents occurred June 7 and involved two victims, one 14 years old and the other 15 years old.
According to court documents, the two kids were having a sleepover. Hopkins came over after contacting one of the kids. Hopkins was one of the child’s mother’s co-workers and a family friend.
Documents filed by the prosecution note that Hopkins then had sexual contact with one kid and sexual intrusion with the other, later telling law enforcement as much. Both children told Hopkins to stop and attempted to push him away, according to the prosecution documents. The documents also state that after the incident, Hopkins messaged one of the alleged victims, apologized and expressed concern about getting in trouble.
Defense attorney Angela Long stressed that Hopkins should be considered innocent until proven guilty and challenged the idea that the acts between Hopkins and the alleged victims were nonconsensual.
Long had asked for a reduction in bond but Judge John Fenn denied the request, citing a possible flight risk and the seriousness of the charges.
Man to pay more than $4,000 after hit-and-run, high-speed chase
SHERIDAN — Tory Redinger, 25, will pay more than $4,000 in restitution and court fines and fees after an incident in November 2015 in which Redinger drove his car into another vehicle, jumped on its hood and kicked the windshield, and then fled police in a high-speed chase that ended outside of town. Redinger had been driving 80 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone in Sheridan before driving outside of town in an attempt to flee officers who were tailing him.
Redinger faced charges of felony property destruction and eluding law enforcement, a misdemeanor.
Judge John Fenn sentenced Redinger according to a plea deal, which called for guilty pleas to the two charges, payment of restitution and a recommendation for 3-5 years in prison, suspended in lieu of 255 days, which he has already served, and five years of supervised probation.
Redinger will have to pay $3,682.05 to the owner of the vehicle he damaged in November, as well as court fines, fees and attorney expenses. He will also need to complete a drug court program.