Casper Man Has Sex Assault Charges Reduced to Felonious Restraint
A Casper man who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman as she slept in May had his charges reduced in Natrona County District Court Friday.
Luke Evans was initially charged with third-degree sexual assault. He pleaded not guilty to the charges earlier this year.
Instead, on Friday, Evans entered a guilty plea to amended charges of felonious restraint. As a part of the plea agreement, Evans will likely serve 3-to-4 years in prison. He will not be required to register as a sex offender as he would have if he were convicted of third-degree sexual assault.
An affidavit of probable cause alleged that Evans had been in a consensual intimate relationship with the victim's roommate. The night of the incident, Evans had been at their house while they were painting.
Evans had roughly seven full cups of liquor the evening of the incident, the affidavit says.
The victim's roommate told Evans he could sleep on the couch. However, the victim felt sorry for Evans and told him he could sleep in her bed.
She fell asleep and woke up at 11:30 p.m. The victim told police that her pants and underwear were off and piled up near the door of the bedroom and she believed Evans had assaulted her because she woke up nude from the waist down.
On Friday, Evans pleaded guilty to a portion of Wyoming's felonious restraint law that involves holding someone in "a condition of involuntary servitude."