NOTE: This story relates allegations of sexual abuse of minors.
CASPER, Wyo. — A 19-year-old man heard two counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree and two counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the third degree in Natrona County Circuit Court on Monday, Aug. 15.
Charging documents filed against Joshua Nathaniel Bachochin indicate two victims. One would have been 4 or 5 years old at the time of the alleged abuse between May 1, 2021, and Oct. 31, 2021. The other is 6 or 7 years old. The abuse is alleged to have occurred last week.
For each victim, there is a charge of first-degree and a charge of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor.
The case is being charged as the result of a Natrona County Sheriff’s Office investigation. The suspected abuse was reported to Banner Wyoming Medical Center personnel, who alerted NCSO investigators Thursday evening, Aug. 11. The Wyoming Department of Family Services also became involved.
During a forensic interview at the Children’s Advocacy Project in Casper, the alleged victim told authorities the defendant had given her “medicine” that made her feel dizzy before taking her to an outdoor children’s playhouse. The juvenile also told investigators the other alleged victim had spoken of abuse by the defendant.
The applicable charges of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree are defined under state statute as “being sixteen (16) years of age or older, the actor inflicts sexual intrusion on a victim who is less than thirteen (13) years of age.”
The applicable charges of sexual abuse of a minor in the third degree indicate a perpetrator who is 17 or older who “engages in sexual contact with a victim who is thirteen (13) through fifteen (15) years of age, and the victim is at least four (4) years younger than the actor.”
The two first-degree charges carry penalties of up to 50 years in prison.
All defendants are presumed innocent until proven or pleading guilty. Charges may be amended by the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.
Bond was set at $75,000 cash or surety.
This story will be updated.