Wyoming news briefs for September 24

Posted 9/24/21

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Wyoming news briefs for September 24


Man pleads guilty to minor sex abuse and DUI charges

CHEYENNE –- A local man admitted Thursday in Laramie County District Court to repeatedly sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl. 

William Lawrence Dolan, 26, pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and felony driving under the influence, fourth offense or greater, as part of a plea agreement. 

On July 21, 2020, the victim in the sexual abuse case, who was 15 years old at the time, went to the Cheyenne Police Department building to report a sexual assault, according to court documents. 

The girl said Dolan, who was 25 at the time, had been staying with her family from April through June of that year. The girl told a Cheyenne police officer that she and Dolan had sexual intercourse at least 20 times during that period, along with other sex acts. 

In the DUI case, a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper pulled over a vehicle driven by Dolan on Dec. 9. Dolan had been driving 85 miles per hour in a 65 mph zone, according to court documents. 

Three children under the approximate age of 5 were passengers in the car, and the trooper smelled alcohol. Dolan told the trooper he’d consumed two shots of vodka about two hours before being stopped. He refused to give a breath sample, so his blood was later drawn at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center after the trooper obtained a warrant. 

Dolan had five prior convictions for driving under the influence in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019, and was serving a four-year probation sentence at the time for a previous felony DUI conviction, according to court documents.

Laramie County District Judge Peter Froelicher set Dolan’s sentencing for Jan. 13.


Man arrested for huffing in wrong apartment with woman’s sweater on

GILLETTE — A 29-year-old man was arrested around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday after he was found in a woman’s apartment wearing her sweater and sitting on her couch huffing air duster.

The apartment’s tenant, a 40-year-old woman, reported the man had walked into her home, took her sweater off the coat hanger, put it on and began huffing on her couch, Police Lt. Brent Wasson said.

When officers arrived, the man claimed he lived in the apartment, which was not true. He refused to leave and was eventually arrested for criminal entry, theft, interference and unlawful use of a toxic substance, Wasson said.