A Casper man will face trial for beating and sexually assaulting another man last week.

Natrona County Circuit Court Judge Michael Patchen ordered Gary Clement to stand trial after a half-hour preliminary hearing Thursday.

Clement will face trial for first-degree sexual assault, or rape, and the aggravated assault.

If convicted of both counts, he faces between five years and 60 years of imprisonment.

During the hearing, Casper Police Detective Anthony Stedillie told Assistant District Attorney Dan Itzen that he was called to the Wyoming Medical Center in the afternoon of Feb. 1 for a reported sexual assault.

Stedillie interviewed the alleged victim, who said he met Clement who worked at a local restaurant, and they left in separate cars after his shift ended at 6 a.m. that day.

They knew each other when they were incarcerated at the Natrona County Juvenile Detention Center, Stedillie said.

Clement and the victim went to a local liquor store and bought beer even though they were under 21.

They drove to the victim's house where the victim left his car, and joined Clement in his car and they drove to Clement's house on East 17th street.

The two drank, smoked marijuana, played video games and began to "practice fighting techniques," Stedillie said.

Clement then told the victim that people wanted him dead, and he demanded sex from the victim.

At one point, Clement held a knife to the victim's throat.

The victim punched Clement in the head.

Clement began to beat him until he was unconscious, Stedillie said.

When the victim regained consciousness, his pants were down and Clement was sexually assaulting him.

After that, they went to a tattoo parlor where the tattoo artist saw the victim seemed disoriented, Stedillie said.

The victim contacted friends who picked him up at the tattoo parlor and took him to his mother's house. The victim's mother then took him to the hospital.

A sexual assault nurse examiner conducted an exam of the victim, law enforcement searched Clement's house, Stedillie interviewed Clement, and biological evidence was collected from Clement.

After a brief cross-examination of Stedillie, Clement's defense attorney Curtis Cheney told Patchen there was probable cause that his client committed the crimes.

Cheney asked the judge to lower Clement's bond from $50,000 to $20,000 because he's lived in the Casper area for his whole life, he has a home and a job.

But Itzen responded, saying Clement committed the crimes while on probation, has committed other crimes, and faces at least a five-year prison term if convicted.

Patchen said the allegations are serious and kept Clement's bond at $50,000.

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