Ryan Townsend Of Casper Pleads Guilty To Child Abuse; New Allegations Revealed
A Casper man has admitted to attacking a child and trying to cover it up, and prosecutors allege that he's done it again.
Ryan Townsend has pleaded guilty to one felony count of child abuse.
Investigators with the Casper Police Department say in February 2016, they were informed by the Children's Advocacy Project, that the victim told them that he had his head slammed to the ground and was choked by Townsend, and had marks on his face and head to prove it.
The victim said on that night, Townsend had brought him home, and then later noticed that the dogs had gotten ahold of a dirty diaper.
Townsend then became angry, spanked the victim, threw him onto the floor, grabbed him by the back of the neck and slammed his head on the floor and started to choke him.
The victim says Townsend later apologized and told him to lie to his mother about what had happened.
When interviewed by police, Townsend first said he and the victim were rough-housing, but when he was asked about the alleged assault, he denied it and asked for a lawyer.
As part of plea deal, prosecutors were going to seek a three-to-five year suspended prison sentence with three years of probation, however, the victim and his brother have informed investigators that Townsend re-offended in late September.
No formal charges have been filed in that case yet, but prosecutors have filed a notice to invoke a cold plea provision, meaning they can pull the plea deal off the table, Townsend would not be able to withdraw his guilty plea, and prosecutors could ask for the maximum of 5 years in prison, when Townsend is sentenced at a later date.
Townsend has also pleaded guilty to drug charges in an unrelated case.
He is free on $10,000 bond.