CASPER, Wyo. — A Wyoming man arrested earlier this week is accused of making false accusations of child endangerment and drug use against another person, and is facing a Stalking charge in Natrona County Circuit Court.
Casper Police officials say that officers responded to a private Casper home for a a welfare check on June 5. Paperwork filed in Natrona County Circuit Court says that the reporting party had claimed the occupants of the home were in possession of methamphetamine, in close proximity to a juvenile.
“The reporting party had called Casper Police seven times over the last three days concerning this residence and the occupants. The reporting party was making various claims that his child was inside this residence and was exposed to illegal drugs,” Casper PD spokesperson Rebekah Ladd told Oil City in a written statement. “Officers made every attempt, with the permission of the residents of the home, to search the home for signs and evidence of drug use.”
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In an affidavit of probable cause, Casper PD officers write that a search of the home showed it to be tidy, with proper provisions for a child, and detected “absolutely no signs of any drug activity or drug paraphernalia.”
“An officer, certified in drug recognition, also evaluated the occupants for signs of drug use.” Ladd explains. “Ultimately, no signs of drug use in the home were found.”
Police say that over the course of their investigation, officers suspected that the reporting party was abusing the 911 emergency system to call in “false welfare checks.”
“Officers also observed multiple pieces of evidence in which the suspect was calling the victim obsessively, threatening bodily harm, as well as harm to the victim’s pets,” Ladd explained.
Officers also reported finding evidence of the suspect was conducting surveillance on the victim’s home.
“Officers worked to move the victims to a safe and secure location and the Casper Police Victim Service team will be following up to assist the victim,” Ladd says.
As a result of the investigation, officers recommended a felony charge of Blackmail for the suspect. However during an Initial Appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court on June 7, the suspect was only charged with Stalking and Making a False Report, both misdemeanors.
All persons 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.
During the hearing the suspect was given a bond amount of $2,000, and was forbidden from contacting the victims as a condition of the bond. In addition, the suspect is not allowed to leave the State of Wyoming.