Drug Trial For Casper Doctor Delayed Until October
The jury trial has been delayed for a former Casper doctor accused of attempting to illegally obtain steroids, according to court records.
Paul Michael Harnetty was scheduled to go on trial Monday, according to a ruling by Natrona County District Court Judge Thomas Sullins on Aug. 25.
But five days later, Sullins granted a request by Assistant District Attorney Mike Schafer to reset the trial to Oct. 9.
The primary investigator for the case, Jim Hasskamp of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, was unexpectedly and temporarily reassigned to help with hurricane rescue efforts in Houston, Schafer wrote. Hasskamp was not expected to return to Casper before Sept. 18.
This case is separate from a trial scheduled for January during which Harnetty will be tried on eight counts of second-degree sexual assault and two counts of third-degree sexual assault. If convicted on all these counts he could face between 16 and 190 years of imprisonment.
Harnetty has pleaded not guilty in both cases.
If convicted on the drug charge, Harnetty faces up to five years of imprisonment and up to a $10,000 fine.
The drug case started in April 2016 when he attempted to obtain 12 10-milliliter bottles, or 3.6 grams, of Nandrolone, according to court records.
Hanetty had contacted a proprietor of an online business based in Guangdon, China, and ordered the Nandrolone to be sent to his address. On April 18, the U.S. Postal service delivered a package coming from a man in Parker, Colo., to Harnetty at his address.
After that, law enforcement officials executed a search warrant at Harnetty's address, found the box that had contained the Nandrolone, computers, cell phones and other evidence.
Harnetty had worked as an obstetrics/gynecologist at the Wyoming Medical Center.
On Oct. 7, 2016, the Wyoming Board of Medicine accepted his voluntarily relinquishment of his license because of a continuing investigation against him for wrongful practice.
Harnetty remains free on $50,000 personal recognizance bond for the drug charge.