CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A former Glenrock police officer is accused of raping his 22-year-old developmentally disabled foster daughter, according to court papers.
Jim Charles Watters, 46, is charged with one count of first-degree sexual assault, a felony that carries five to 50 years in prison. He is being held in the Natrona County Jail on $2,500 bond.
District Attorney Kevin Meenan said the case remains under investigation.
"Whether there will be more charges or not depends on what the investigation reveals," Meenan said.
Converse County prosecutor John Robinson said his office has not completed its investigation or decided what charges would be brought against Watters in Converse County where Glenrock is located.
Watters turned himself in to Casper police Friday following a search for him by officers by both the Casper and Glenrock Police departments.
The investigation began earlier this month after Watters' wife found images on their computer that showed Watters engaged in sexual acts with the foster daughter, according to the county court affidavit.
Watters' wife said in the affidavit that the victim functions at a 6- or 7-year-old level.
Casper police Sgt. Chris Walsh said the victim told investigators she had sex with Watters.
"She doesn't want him to do it. She's afraid of him. She doesn't want him around," Walsh said.
Wyoming law defines first-degree sexual assault as a crime in which the perpetrator "knows or reasonably should know that the victim, through a mental illness, mental deficiency or developmental disability, is incapable of appraising the nature of the victim's conduct."
Glenrock Police Chief Mike Colling said Watters was a 12-year veteran of the Glenrock Police Department before being fired.
Colling said that despite evidence that most of the alleged sex assault incidents between Watters and the victim occurred in Converse County, he has asked the Casper Police Department to investigate the allegations against Watters just to keep things "aboveboard."
"When something that serious occurs on a police department, it's best to have another agency conduct the investigation," he said.
Court records state that Watters and his wife are in the process of getting a divorce.
The wife told investigators that she and her husband had been the foster parents of the victim since she was 10 years old after her biological parents severely burned and permanently scarred the girl by placing her in a bathtub of scalding water.
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