- Associated Press - Saturday, September 16, 2017

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming man was sentenced to at least 18 years in prison after pleading guilty for sexually abusing a teenage girl who was in foster care.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that 60-year-old Mervin Scofield Jr. pleaded guilty this week to two counts of sexual assault of a minor while in a position of authority. Scofield apologized in court, saying he can’t forgive himself for what he did.

His attorney asked for a probation sentence, but Laramie County District Court Judge Catherine Rogers agreed with prosecutors that prison time was necessary. Rogers said Scofield was dangerous and shouldn’t receive probation alone.


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According to court records, the girl told the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department that she was assaulted three times by Scofield in the fall of 2015.

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