Man accused of assaulting juvenile appears in court

Nick Fenton makes his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court on Monday, July 22, 2019. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — An 18-year-old Casper man made his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court Monday afternoon, to hear the charges against him.

18-year-old Nick Fenton, who was arrested on July 20, 2019; is facing charges including Aggravated Assault and Child Abuse.

Fenton, who was still in the custody of the Natrona County Detention Center at the time of his initial appearance, appeared before the judge in an orange jail jumpsuit, and was shackled hand-and-foot. He appeared before Natrona County Circuit Court Judge Brian D. Christensen.

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According to officials at the NCDC, Fenton received a telephone bond amount over the weekend of $100,000 cash or surety.

During his July 22 initial appearance, Fenton asked the judge for a bond amount closer to $50,000, citing that he did not believe he was a flight risk, and had several relatives in Wyoming. Christensen, however, continued the bond at $100,000, saying that the issue could be revisited later.

During the hearing Fenton told Christensen that he has lived in the Casper area for approximately four months. Previous to that, Fenton said that he had resided in Orange County, California.

Mills police said, in a press release sent on Monday morning, on July 20, 2019; at approximately 1:14 am; officers from the Mills PD and deputies from the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 4400 block of Dodge Street, in Mills, for a request for a welfare check.

Several parties had reported a young male, approximately 14 or 15 years old, had been assaulted near the Mills neighborhood.

“Multiple witnesses to the assault, as well as video evidence, showed that the suspect had approached the victim unprovoked and confronted him,” the PD release said.

Alleged video of the incident has been making social media rounds since Saturday.

During the Monday hearing, Assistant District Attorney Trevor Schenk said that he had reviewed the video, calling the content violent. Schenk said that the suspect had verbally and physically abused the victim, before stomping on the victim’s head, rendering the victim unconscious.

Schenk said that the had the video on his own telephone, and offered to show it to the Judge. The judge did not watch the video over the course of the hearing.

The suspect is accused of striking the juvenile in the face, knocking him to the ground, and continuing to assault the victim by kicking him in the face and abdomen.

Mills PD says that once the victim was not able to get up, the suspect is alleged to have stolen the juvenile’s shoes and belt. The suspect was then accused of continuing to assault the juvenile with the shoes and belt.

The suspect in the assault was placed under arrest by the Mills Police Department, and was was booked into the NCDC.

During court, the suspect was identified as Fenton.

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office. 


An earlier version of this story misidentified Circuit Court Judge Brian D. Christensen as Daniel Forgey.

Forgey is a Natrona County Judge in District Court. The story has been changed to fix the error.