Man charged with kidnapping and sexual abuse case appears in circuit court

Joshua Hicks makes his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court on Friday, July 5, 2019. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. – A man charged with child abduction and sexual abuse made his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court on Friday afternoon in Casper.

Joshua Hicks is facing three felony charges from an incident on July 3rd when he allegedly kidnapped a child who was playing near her Casper home.

The Natrona County District Attorney’s office is charging Hicks with one count of aggravated kidnapping, one count of second-degree sexual abuse and one count of third-degree sexual abuse.

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Prosecutors argued Hicks’ charges were “extremely serious” and said he has a history of disturbing behavior.

The judge accepted the prosecutor’s recommendation of a cash-only bond of $500,000.

Hicks, who was almost inaudible while answering the judge’s questions, requested a public defender.

Wyoming statute says people charged with sexual abuse cannot be identified by authorities until their case reaches district court.

Hicks was addressed as “Mr. Hicks” in court. The Casper Star-Tribune confirmed his full name citing sources in law enforcement.