Teacher Charged

Ex-middle school teacher accused of child sex abuse had multiple victims

 

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Jason Waugaman, 36, waits for his name to be called during his initial court appearance in Casper.

Prosecutors already charged the teacher, Jason Waugaman, 36, earlier this month with three counts of sexual abuse of a minor: two of second degree and one of third degree. Those charges all relate to alleged abuse of the same girl. At the time of the alleged abuse, 2016, she was 14 years old.

Waugaman, who also worked as a high school speech and debate coach, was fired by the school district earlier this month.

He has not yet had an opportunity to enter pleas to the charges he now faces. However, the latest police statement leaves open the possibility that he could be charged with additional crimes pertaining to the newly discovered victims.

Natrona County District Attorney Dan Itzen, whose office is handling the prosecution of the case, said Wednesday afternoon that he couldn’t comment on whether his office would add additional charges to Waugaman’s case.

The nature and extent of the latest allegations are not yet clear: Rebekah Ladd, the police spokeswoman, declined to say how many more alleged victims police had identified. She likewise declined to say during what time frame police believe the crimes took place. Ladd did say, though, that the alleged sexual abuse was not confined to 2016.

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