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Colorado man accused of groping victim near Pathfinder Reservoir

Anthony Maggard signs paperwork after his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court on Tuesday, October 29, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Natrona County Sheriff’s Deputies say that phone calls made by an accuser, to the accused, while Sheriff’s investigators listened, led to the arrest and charge of a Colorado man for 3rd Degree Sexual Assault.

Details have been released in the allegations against 44-year-old Parker, Colorado resident Anthony Maggard. The suspect made his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court on October 29, 2019.

Before Circuit Court Judge Michael Patchen, Maggard was formally charged with 3rd Degree Sexual Assault, and was handed a $20,000 cash-only bond amount.

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Documents released by the Natrona County Circuit Court detail the allegations against Maggard, saying that he is accused, by an adult victim, of forcing kisses upon the victim and groping them, while the two were out on a social excursion together on Oct. 19.

Sheriff’s Office investigators say that the accuser claimed that they and Maggard were family friends, and that they had gone fishing together. The victim then reported that during the trip at Pathfinder Reservoir, Maggard forced kisses onto the victim, and then is said to have groped intimate areas of the victim’s body on the drive home.

The accuser said that on the drive home, Maggard pulled over several times, and stopped. Each time this happened, it was reported that Maggard would grope the victim.

It was also reported that Maggard had forced the accusers hand onto an intimate area of his own body.

An affidavit filed in Circuit Court says that the accuser said they and Maggard had spoken about their respective sex lives, previous to the alleged incident. The victim also reported that the groping and kissing were unwanted.

Natrona County Sheriff’s describe a series of phone calls between the accuser and Maggard, that were had while investigators were listening. These phone calls are said to have happened before Maggard’s arrest.

As described by investigators, at several times during the phone call, Maggard invited the accuser over to his home, just the two of them. At one time, Maggard is said to have offered to have the accuser over for dinner. When asked to discuss the events surrounding the Pathfinder trip and the drive home, Maggard reportedly invited the accuser over to talk in person.

Investigators say that during the phone conversation, Maggard told the accuser that the kissing and touching came because of the sexual conversation that they had previously. After discussing the matter further, an affidavit in the case says that Maggarad described the events as “just one of them things that should or should not have happened.”

After inviting the accuser over again, Maggard is then quoted as saying “sorry and it absolutely should not have happened.”

In a subsequent phone call, also witnessed by investigators, the accuser told Maggard that they were not okay with what happened, and that they were sure Maggard could tell because they had been resistant. The suspect then reportedly apologized to the accuser.

It is also reported in the affidavit that Maggard expressed that he did not want others knowing about the situation because it would be “life ending.”

During that conversation, investigators say that Maggard expressed that he was “deeply regretful” and told the accuser that it would take them both a long time to work through the situation. The accuser then asked Maggard how it would take him time, as he was not the victim. The affidavit reports that Maggard then said “there’s no victim.”

Maggard was subsequently contacted by the NCSO, and interviewed.

During the interview Maggard is said to have described the the trip, virtually the same as the accuser had. He further told investigators that he had not been sexually aroused by the accuser at any point.

Maggard confirms the two kissed, but investigators say that he did not provide details on who initiated the kissing, saying it just happened.”

Aside from the kissing, Maggard denied any physical contact with the accuser, except for a hug upon meeting before the trip, and claimed that they held hands on the drive home. He further said that he did not pick up on any signs that the accuser did not want to kiss him.

When confronted with the phone calls, that were made in the presence of NCSO investigators, the affidavit says that Maggard said he had been confused during the calls.

Maggard was subsequently arrested and transported to the Natrona County Detention Center.

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.