UPDATE 3:49 P.M. Public Information Officer for the Wyoming Department of Corrections, Mark Horan, says Yager was placed on leave in May, as per rules for state personnel. His case is currently under review.
A probation officer with the Sheridan Probation and Parole Office and the Wyoming Department of Corrections, was charged this month with a count of sexual assault. Sheridan Media's Chris Foy has the story.
Sheridan Probation and Parole Officer, Chris Yager, was charged this month with a felony count of sexual assault against a former client. Yager will appear before Circuit Court Judge Shelley Cundiff on Tuesday, August 27, to answer to the charge.
Court documents obtained by Sheridan Media, prepared and signed by deputy and prosecuting attorney Dianna Bennett on August 7, allege that sexual intercourse began in January and continued through May.
The investigation began in May, when the Sheridan Police Department became involved in a report of a possible sexual assault by Yager, at the time a probation officer with the Wyoming Department of Corrections.
Bennett's notarized exhibit states that the alleged female victim, whose name is withheld due to the nature of the charge, was formerly supervised by Yager in 2010 while going through drug court.
According to court records, their relationship was originally a friendship, but the two continued speaking after she completed her drug court term in August 2012. Then, records say Yager and the alleged victim later kissed and began a sexual relationship.
The state says after Yager returned from vacation with his family in January, he asked the alleged victim to stop by the Probation and Parole Office. Court records say the two had sexual intercourse over Yager's desk.
After obtaining Yager's cell phone and computer, officers learned that the two had exchanged thousands of emails and had numerous telephone conversations. The alleged victim said several times that if anyone found out about their relationship, “he would lose everything.”
While the alleged victim called their relationship a “fling” and she just wanted to be friends, since Yager was married, records show Yager told her he loved her. She explained to law enforcement that given the circumstances of their relationship, she was scared of going to the probation office.
The state alleges Yager, as an employee of the Department of Corrections, inflicted criminal sexual intrusion against the victim. Public Information Officer for the Wyoming Department of Corrections, Mark Horan, says Yager was placed on leave in May, as per rules for state personnel. His case is currently under review.
Sexual assault in the second degree is a felony punishable by no less than two years in prison and no more than 20 years, a fine of no more than $10,000 – or both. Yager is expected to appear before Judge Cundiff in Sheridan County Circuit Court on Tuesday to answer to the charge.