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Man pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges stemming from October house party

Elijah Dobbins, 22 (Courtesy Natrona County Sheriff's Office)

CASPER, Wyo. — A former Natrona County resident has pleaded not guilty to five felony sexual assault charges for incidents alleged to have occurred at a house party in Mills last October.

Elijah Dobbins, 22, appeared from custody in the court of Seventh Judicial District Judge Josh Eames for an arraignment on Friday morning.

A Mills Police Department investigation led to the filing of charges while Dobbins was living in North Dakota, and he appeared in circuit court last March.

Dobbins is presumed innocent until proven or pleading guilty. 

There are three alleged victims in the case. Dobbins faces two counts of first-degree sexual assault, as well as third-degree sexual abuse of a minor. The alleged victim was 16.

His bond was reduced to $100,000 cash or surety at the preliminary hearing, but Judge Eames declined to reduce it further at the arraignment.

Dobbins is also charged with strangulation and aggravated assault and battery, as well as four misdemeanors:

  • Unlawful contact x2
  • Sexual battery
  • Permitting a house party with minors present

This article has been updated to reflect that the Mills Police Department was the investigating agency.