Man pleads not guilty to sexual abuse charge
SHERIDAN — Brannon C. Aune pleaded not guilty to sexual abuse in the third degree in 4th Judicial District Court Oct. 19.
If convicted, he faces up to 15 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.
Court documents said on Aug. 17, a man called dispatch to report a sexual assault on his girlfriend. He said his girlfriend came out of the house crying and screaming saying that Aune tried to rape her while she was interviewing for a babysitting job that Aune had posted on social media.
The victim told her boyfriend the interview would be short and had him stay in the vehicle outside the trailer house. The victim met with Aune’s two children before the oldest was sent to bed and the infant stayed in the main room.
Court documents said during the babysitting job interview, Aune quickly turned the conversation sexual in nature and the victim became uncomfortable. Aune then locked the front door and touched her inappropriately several times despite the victim telling him no and attempting to push his hands away. She finally convinced him to let her go outside. Aune cautioned her that she better come back and that she had better not tell anyone what happened. She unlocked the door and ran out to the vehicle, calling 911 while she and her boyfriend drove away.
When officers interviewed Aune, he denied saying or doing anything that would have made the victim feel uncomfortable during the interview. In a second interview, he admitted to having a sexual conversation with the victim and some physical touching.
The 25-year-old man’s trial has been set for March 12.
Man pleads not guilty to multiple thefts
SHERIDAN — A man pleaded not guilty to four counts related to thefts in the Ranchester area in 4th Judicial District Court on Oct. 12.
Theodore J. Plotts faces two counts of burglary, one count of wrongful taking or disposing of property and one count of violation of a protective order.
The 58-year-old man faces up to 30 years and six months imprisonment and up to $21,750 in fines for the alleged crimes.
Court documents said multiple investigations in June 2017 by the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office identified Plotts as a suspect in theft and burglaries in the city of Ranchester. The first reported burglary included two air conditioners that Plotts later attempted to sell to another person.
A Ranchester town employee reported a battery charger missing from the town’s storage shop; it was later recovered.
A third report from the Buckshot Saloon said property was stolen from the business including a table and pressure washer.
A fourth report said an elk head with antlers was taken. Much of the property was recovered from a shed on Plott’s property.
Court documents also said Plotts violated a court order of protection for possession a firearm, which was also found on Plott’s property.
The court has yet to schedule trial and pretrial dates for Plotts.