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Natrona County woman sentenced to 5–10 years in child sex abuse case

Samuel Rosamond and Zabrina Thornton (NCSO)

CASPER, Wyo. — A Natrona County woman has been sentenced to 5–10 years in prison as part of a plea agreement in a case of juvenile sexual abuse, according to a release Tuesday by the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office. 

Zabrina Thornton pleaded to two counts of Conspiracy to Commit Sexual Abuse of a Minor in the Third Degree, and was sentenced on Wednesday, June 22.

In March, Thornton’s boyfriend, Samuel Rosamond, was sentenced to 38–50 years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty in District Court last November to one count of First-Degree Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

In June 2021, an NCSO investigator affiliated with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigations began looking into a CyberTip which referenced several files depicting child sex assault material. Investigators believed they had been produced by the Google account held by 49-year-old Natrona County resident Samuel Rosamond.

Sheriff’s deputies and DCI agents contacted the couple at their home and conducted separate interviews on June 25, 2021.

“During the interview, Rosamond confessed to investigators that on at least one occasion he sexually assaulted a juvenile in the home, and that during the occasion he recorded several video files with his cellphone,” the release said.

At that time, both Rosamond and Thornton denied that Thornton had any knowledge of or involvement in the abuse. 

Rosamond was arrested and the children in the home were immediately placed in protective custody with the assistance of the Wyoming Department of Family Services due to the NCSO’s concerns of Thornton’s involvement in Rosamond’s abuse. 

A search warrant executed on the property and Thornton’s vehicle yielded cellular phones, laptop computers, and four cameras which were disguised to appear as clock radios, three of which were found in bedrooms.

Thornton later confessed to participating in sex acts with Rosamond and juveniles in the home on multiple occasions, the NCSO said.

“Based on the information gathered throughout the course of the investigation, specifically statements made by Rosamond and Thornton, investigators believed that both parties participated in sex acts with a juvenile involved. Ultimately, Thornton was arrested,” the NCSO said.

The Natrona County Sheriff’s Office acknowledges the Wyoming DCI Internet Crimes Against Children Computer Crimes Team for its dedication to ensuring the safety of Wyoming children, and calls on the community to do its part.

“We continue to urge our community members to report child abuse to law enforcement. Disclosures lead to diligent investigations and uncover pervasive problems,” said Natrona County Sheriff John Harlin. “Professional partnerships like this work together to ensure that sexual predators in our community have nowhere to hide.” 


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