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State Supreme Court rejects appeal by former Sheridan parole officer convicted of sex assault


CASPER, Wyoming — The Wyoming Supreme Court has rejected an appeal filed by a former Sheridan probation and parole officer who was convicted of sexual assault.

Chris Yager entered a conditional plea last year to third-degree sexual assault for having a romantic relationship with a woman he had supervised. Wyoming law bars employees of the state's correctional system from having sexual relationships with those under their supervision.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://goo.gl/wW3DDK ) Yager argued in his appeal that the statute does not apply to probation officers and probationers, and is instead meant for correction officers and inmates. The Supreme Court responded Friday that a correctional system is a network of agencies including prisons and the parole system.

Yager was ordered to serve two years of probation and register as a sex offender.

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

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