- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A judge has ruled there’s enough evidence to send a man accused of abducting and sexually assaulting a 5-year-old boy in Casper to trial.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/2a8twx1 ) the judge’s decision came Thursday in the case against Joshua Winters, a former carnival worker who is charged with aggravated kidnapping and sexual abuse of a minor.

Authorities say Winters had lured the boy away from a bowling alley on July 18 to the North Platte River, where he sexually assaulted the child.

The boy was found by a woman who drove him to the Mills Police Department.

Winters’ attorney asked police Det. Anthony Stedille in court Thursday whether there’s evidence his client forced the boy to go to the river. Stedille said it didn’t appear the victim was “physically forced.”


Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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