The Casper Police Department, in concert with the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office, the Self Help Center, the Child Advocacy Program, and the Wyoming Medical Center, will hold a second Sexual Assault Panel Discussion on Wednesday, June 21st from 7:00-8:00 pm at Casper College’s Durham Hall. This event is free and open to the public and media organizations.
School of Business and Industry Dean Lesley Travers, Casper College, will moderate the event that will include discussions and panel input on the legal, investigative, prosecutorial, and victim service issues and challenges surrounding this critical topic.
According to a statement from the Casper Police Department, this event is planned to focus on solutions, actions, plans, and the way forward regarding this important topic. Panel members will include the Natrona County District Attorney, the Casper Interim Chief of Police Steve Schulz, Casper Police Department Investigations and Victim Services personnel, and associated leaders from Self Help Center, CAP, and the WMC Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner coordinator.
This is the second of two planned panel discussions.
The Sexual Assault panel has had a rocky schedule history. A discussion panel about sexual assault was announced by the District Attorney’s office and the Casper Police Department, and had originally been planned for February. However, officials say that discussion was rescheduled due to an unanticipated conflict with moderator availability. The event was then expanded to two nights, the first in early April and the second for mid-May. The May panel was postponed just days after it was announced that former Casper Police Chief Jim Wetzel would not continue to head the law enforcement agency.
The June 21st panel will be the replacement for that mid-May date.