CASPER, Wyo. — Rock Springs police are continuing to investigate a man who faces more than 30 counts of sexual abuse allegations, with offenses dating to 1983, authorities said Monday.
Fred Mathew Foley, 79, was arrested in February. The investigation began last fall when Rock Springs police received a report of alleged inappropriate contact between Foley and a 4-year-old boy, according to a press release from the department.
Foley is charged with 31 counts of first-degree sexual assault, sexual abuse of a minor and indecent or immoral acts with a minor.
As a result of the investigation, several other people have come forward to allege they were also molested by Foley, police said. Several cold cases have also been reopened.
Foley began living in the Rock Springs area in the early 1980s, authorities said. They believe Foley may have had several victims between 1983 and 2013, with the victims’ ages ranging between 4 and 17.
Foley has worked at Grub’s Drive In, 415 Paulson St., and lived in an apartment behind the restaurant, according to a Sweetwater County District Court affidavit on the case.
Two victims have reported to police they were invited to Foley’s apartment and encouraged to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana, the affidavit states. While intoxicated, the boys were allegedly sexually assaulted by Foley.
The defendant was also employed as a bus driver for the school district for one year in the early 1980s, said Sgt. Tim Robinson.
The Rock Springs Police Department has been involved with Foley on several cases since 1984, involving allegations of various forms of sexual abuse, Robinson said.
Authorities encourage anyone with information pertaining to this ongoing investigation to contact Detective Paul Schoenfeld at the Rock Springs Police Department Detective Division at 307-352-1588.