Casper man pleads guilty to sex crimes

Trae D. Smith

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A 26-year-old Wyoming man has pleaded guilty to molesting two mentally disabled women at a Casper group home where he once worked.

Trae D. Smith made the admissions Monday as part of a deal with prosecutors which recommends that he serve between five and 60 years in prison. Judge Catherine Wilking will determine the final sentence.

Smith pleaded guilty to a single count of abuse of a vulnerable adult and a single count of first-degree sexual assault. He also entered an Alford plea to a single count of second-degree sexual abuse. An Alford plea is a guilty plea that allows a person to maintain their innocence after entering the plea.

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A sentencing date has not been set, and Smith remains in custody.

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