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PD: Crime Stoppers tip led to felony charge against allegedly absconded sex offender

(File; Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — A localized tool that allows law enforcement to gather tips regarding crime and other suspicious activity in the community is what led to the arrest of a suspect accused of failing to register as a sex offender, according to court documents.

An affidavit filed by the Casper Police Department says that officers were observing an occupied room at a West Yellowstone Highway motel in Casper, based on a tip sent to Crime Stoppers about suspicious activity regarding the room.

Officers say that over the course of investigation, it was believed that the room was associated with a suspect whom police identified as a registered sex offender. The affidavit says that the suspect had not recently re-registered and that the address of the motel did not match the address on record for the suspect.

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Natrona County Circuit Court paperwork says that the suspect was contacted by police after being pulled over in a vehicle near the intersection of Midwest Avenue and Walnut Street on June 18, 2021. During the contact, the suspect is reported to have told Casper Police that he was unaware that he had to register the address of the motel as well as a home address.

The affidavit goes on to say that police gathered information that led them to believe that the suspect had given officers an incorrect address during their contact. The suspect is said to have admitted to lying to officers and saying that he had been living at a new, unregistered address for the previous two weeks.

Casper PD also reports that a subsequent search of the suspect’s person and vehicle yielded a cellophane package of suspected marijuana, a burnt marijuana roach in the vehicle’s center console, and multiple syringes with suspected methamphetamine residue. The suspect identified the marijuana and syringes as belonging to him.

The suspect, identified as Bryce A. Dacus, 23, made an initial appearance in the Natrona County Circuit Court on June 21, 2021. During that hearing, Dacus was charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, which is a felony. He also faces a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance on a Third or Subsequent Charge — also a felony.

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. 

Bond in the case was handed down during the Monday hearing in the amount of $5,000 cash or surety.

Crime Stoppers is overseen by a volunteer board comprised of members of law enforcement as well as community members. The organization gathers tips and allows tipsters to remain anonymous. Tips are also eligible for a cash reward.