Shaun Hamilton Found Guilty Of Sex Crimes
The verdict is in for a Natrona County man accused of sex crimes against a number of victims.
An eight-man four-woman jury has found 30 year old Shaun Hamilton guilty on one count of first degree sexual assault, one count of first degree sexual abuse of a minor, and three counts of second degree sexual abuse of a minor.
Investigators with the Casper Police Department say in January 2015, the then 12-year old victim described what had happened, and said Hamilton was the one who did it.
Detectives collected DNA evidence from the scene where the crime was alleged to have occurred, and the DNA was later identified as Hamilton’s.
The victim's DNA was also found on a swab taken from Hamilton.
Another victim claimed she also was assaulted by Hamilton back in 2009, when she was 18, and provided a written statement for police.
In closing arguments, the prosecution said the defense had no reasonable argument that one victim was trying to frame Hamilton, and that the victim showed investigators exactly where all the evidence was at the time.
As for the other victim, the defense questioned why she waited so long to report the crime to police, but the prosecution countered that there is no statute of limitations, when it comes to sex crimes.
The defense also made mention of some inconsistencies in the victim's recollection of events, but one doctor testified that people trying to recall traumatic events, can sometimes have difficulty remembering specific details and the chronological order of events.
Hamilton is being held without bond and will be sentenced at a later date.
First degree sexual assault is punishable with between five to 50 years in prison, between 25-to-50 years in prison on each of the first degree sexual abuse of a minor charges, and up to 20 years in prison on each of the second degree sexual abuse of a minor charges.