Tony Winters Enters Alford Plea To Sex Crimes
A Louisiana man is not admitting to various sex charges against him, but will not oppose going to prison.
Thirty-year old Tony Winters has entered an Alford Plea to two counts of second degree sexual abuse of a minor and one count of third degree sexual abuse of a minor.
Natrona County Prosecutors say between 2007 and 2010, Winters was having a number of relationships with under-aged male victims in Casper and in Mills.
One victim told investigators that at times, Winters would buy underage kids alcohol and have parties at his residence, as part of a plan to get them drunk and take advantage of them.
Other victims said at times, Winters would offer to pay for the sex and asked to video tape some encounters.
As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dropped eight other charges and will seek no more than a 14-to-19 year prison sentence, followed by two additional suspended prison sentences (15-20 years for one second degree charge, concurrent with 13-15 years for the third degree charge), with 12 years of probation.
Winters is being held on $250,000 bond and will be sentenced at a later date.
An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt, but acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence and testimony for a conviction.