File: Casper Police Department Public Information Officer Rebekah Ladd addresses members of the press during a briefing in August of 2019. (Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper Police Department has postponed a previously scheduled press conference, after saying that new “investigative leads” have presented in the case.

“The Casper Police Department will be postponing this press conference,” a statement said Wednesday afternoon. “Our goal is to always be as transparent as legally possible with our community by providing accurate information as soon as we are able to.”

The press conference had originally been scheduled for Friday, January 31.

The PD says that their primary commitment is to the victim who came forward, describing the person as “courageous.”

“Cases such as this are extremely complex and can take an extended amount of time to investigate thoroughly. Our unwavering dedication is to ensure every investigation leads to legally holding criminals accountable for their actions,” the PD statement said. “We appreciate our community’s understanding right now as we continue to investigate this case.”

If you or anyone you know has any information pertaining to this investigation, or any other investigation, you are encouraged to reach out to the Casper Police Department at 307-235-8278.

Police say that as soon as they are able to release more information, they will.

Jason Waugaman was identified during his initial appearance, in Natrona County Circuit Court, earlier this month. During that hearing, the 36-year-old suspect identified himself as an employee of the Natrona County School District. He faces two counts of Sexual Abuse of a Minor in the Second Degree and one count of Sexual Abuse of a Minor in the Third Degree.

Wauguman had held positions as a substitute teacher, as well as a part-time teacher for Dean Morgan Junior High, and a Speech and Debate activity sponsor at Kelly Walsh High School.

“We believe that this suspect’s crimes may be connected to the functions of his employment with the Natrona County School District,” Casper PD said at the time of his arrest. The allegations against Waugaman have been outlined in court paperwork.

The suspect’s employment with the Natrona County School District has been terminated.