Probation officer charged with felony sexual assault

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SHERIDAN —A probation officer for the Sheridan-based Wyoming Department of Correction’s Probation and Parole Office has been charged with second degree sexual assault after engaging in a five-month romantic relationship with a female he formerly supervised.

The complaint filed in Sheridan County Circuit Court alleges Chris Yager had a five-month sexual relationship with the female who was treated by Volunteers of America for drug addiction in 2010. Yager was the female’s assigned probation officer for the duration of her probationary period, which ended in August of 2012.

The woman’s name has not been released.

The complaint filed in court states the two stayed in contact and had a sexual relationship from January until May of this year. The document further elaborates the two had sexual intercourse both at the female’s residence and in Yager’s office on Coffeen Avenue.

The female approached police and gave details of the affair after she said she attempted to scale back the relationship and Yager would not stop pursuing her sexually. A subsequent police investigation uncovered thousands of e-mails and text messages in the recent months leading up to the report.

The complaint also alleges Yager failed to inform the female of the provisions of the Prison Rape Elimination Act that forbid intimate contact between parole officers and their charges even after the supervisory period ends. According to court documents, the victim did not indicate Yager used threats against her, but did say he made statements that appear to indicate Yager knew the relationship was inappropriate.

The case is being prosecuted by Deputy County and Prosecuting Attorney Dianna Bennett.

The Department of Corrections declined to comment on whether Yager’s employment status has changed since the charges were filed Aug. 9.

Yager is slated to appear in court Tuesday. If convicted of the felony charge, he faces a sentence of between two and 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

By |August 23rd, 2013|

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Tracee Davis joined the staff at The Sheridan Press in July of 2013. She covers business, energy and public safety. Tracee grew up in Kemmerer and has lived in several locations both in the U.S. and overseas. Her journalism training stems from her military service.