Former Sheridan probation officer Chris Yager, who's up on second-degree sexual assault charges, pleaded not guilty this morning in district court.
Judge Bill Edelman read him the charges, then explained his rights and the consequences he'd face if proven guilty. The felony charge carries a prison sentence of 2-20 years and a $10,000 fine. If convicted, he'd lose his right to vote and be required to register as a sex offender.
Yager's accused of having sexual relations with a client while working as a probation officer with the Wyoming Department of Correction, over a four month period, from January to May.
In an affidavit filed by Dianna Bennett of the Sheridan County Attorney's Office, the alleged victim describes the sexual relationship as consensual, at one point referring to it as a “fling,” because she had a boyfriend and he was married. According to the document they had sexual relations at her apartment and in his office, and exchanged what was described in court documents as “thousands” of emails and “numerous” phone calls.
In court today, the judge said he'd be seeking a judge outside of the Sheridan judicial district to assure a fair and unbiased trial. A date for the proceeding has not yet been set.