Wyoming Trooper Gets 4 to 7 Years For Child Sex Abuse

State Trooper gets 4 to 7 years.
State Trooper gets 4 to 7 years.

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper has been ordered to serve four to seven years in prison after being convicted of exposing himself to a 5-year-old girl. A jury convicted Jay Gruwell in December of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor. He had faced up to 15 years in prison. Gruwell had been free on bail until his sentencing Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Gruwell exposed himself in May at a Gillette home while he was off-duty. During his trial, the 23-year veteran of the patrol maintained his innocence and told jurors he confessed out of fear. His attorney, Gay Woodhouse, said after the trial that Gruwell plans to appeal.

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