CASPER, Wyo. — Jail records published by Sweetwater County media show that a former state legislator from the area has been accused of soliciting prostitution and police interference.
According to records published by news website Sweetwater NOW, four adult males were arrested on April 29, 2021 with recommended charges of Soliciting Prostitution. Among the individuals listed was John Hastert, a former state legislator for Sweetwater County.
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Hasert, identifiable in a Sweetwater County booking photo, served in the Wyoming House for District 39 from 2003 through 2006, according to his bio at the Wyoming Legislature.
He was elected in the Senate for District 13 in 2006, where he served until 2018. Over the years in the Senate he served as minority whip, caucus chairman and floor leader.
In 2020, Hastert lost when his seat was flipped by Republican Sen. Tom James, R-Rock Springs, joining many Democrats who lost once-reliable seats as Wyoming tilts further to the red.
According to the records published on Sweetwater NOW, Hastert and three other adult males were arrested for Soliciting Prostitution by the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office. The suspects were arrested in Sweetwater County, but list various communities in the state for their residences. Suspects were listed as coming from Rock Springs, Gillette, and Point of Rocks; Wyoming.
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 Sweetwater County District Attorney’s Office.