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Man faces seven felony counts of child sexual abuse after Mills police investigation

Jimmy Harvard (Gregory Hirst, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — A Mills resident heard seven felony charges of sexual abuse of a minor in Natrona County Circuit Court on Friday, Aug. 12.

67-year-old Jimmy Harvard faces four counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the third degree as well as three counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree.

Assistant District Attorney Sam Forshner told Judge Brian Christiansen the allegations in the affidavit were “rather disturbing and terrible.” 

Forshner said later that the charges of sexual abuse in the second degree indicate sexual contact with a victim who is less than 13 years of age, and noted the affidavit indicates a single victim.

The case was investigated and charged through the Mills Police Department, Forshner said. The violations are alleged to have occurred between June 1 and June 26, 2022.

Bond was set at $50,000 cash only. Forshner said the state believes Harvard poses a continued threat to the victim and the public. He also noted that Harvard has a previous conviction for unlawful sexual contact with a minor in South Dakota, where Harvard said he lived before moving to Natrona County about a year and a half ago.

The three charges of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree each carry a possible penalty of up to 20 years in prison. The other four charges each carry a possible penalty of up to 15 years in prison.

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven or pleading guilty.


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