- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - A 28-year-old Albany County man will spend up to 15 years in prison for having sex with a 16-year-old autistic girl.

Cassidy Wayne Thurston was sentenced to between 10 and 15 years in prison on Monday in Laramie for two separate counts of sexual assault in the third degree. He pleaded guilty to the charges in July and prosecutors agreed to drop more serious charges.

The Boomerang (https://bit.ly/ZnLiqU) reported that Thurston allegedly told investigators that the teen had the mentality of a 10-year-old.

Thurston’s public defender, Robin Cooper, requested that District Court Judge Jeffrey Donnell sentence him to probation or three to five years in prison instead. However, the girl’s mother requested the maximum sentence of 15 years because she said her daughter was psychologically damaged from the encounters in May.


Information from: Laramie Boomerang, https://www.laramieboomerang.com

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