A Casper man was sentenced Thursday to a decade of supervised probation for verbal sexual abuse of a 10-year-old girl. He will also be required to serve more than 10,000 hours of community service.
Carl Voigt, 58, pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual abuse of a minor earlier this year, when he admitted to making explicit remarks to the girl in which he described wanting to engage in sexual acts with her.
Natrona County District Court Judge Catherine Wilking handed down a four- to five-year suspended prison sentence, only to be served if Voigt violates probation over the next 10 years. In addition to more typical probationary terms, such as staying out of further legal trouble and abstaining from drugs and alcohol, Wilking added some more unusual provisions.
The judge said Voigt would be required not to contact anyone under the age of 18 unless he gets written permission from his probation officer first. She said he would be required to attend sex offender counseling. Because Voigt has a disability that makes him unable to work, Wilking said he would be required to serve 20 hours of community service a week for length of his probation.
Voigt, who appeared in court wearing blue jeans and carrying a Bible, said he was scared and asked forgiveness, in between audible moans.
Over the course of the hearing, Voigt was sometimes circuitous in his replies to the judge’s questions, prompting Wilking to cut his responses short on multiple occasions.
Assistant District Attorney Nathan Shumway spoke briefly to argue that Voigt failed to take to responsibility for his actions and should be sentenced to prison. He was limited by a plea agreement stipulation to arguing for a five-year prison sentence.
Voigt’s attorney, Kurt Infanger, said he thought his client should receive a suspended sentence of three-to-five years imprisonment and serve three years probation. Infanger said the 139 days Voigt has already served in jail, the requirement to register as a sex offender and the loss of rights that come with a felony conviction would be punishment enough.
Voigt spoke when Wilking offered him the opportunity to do so. He appeared to tear up and said he was “very remorseful for what happened.”
Wilking described the man’s conduct as “completely, utterly and wholly inappropriate” before sentencing him.
Voigt had originally been charged with four counts of sexual abuse of a minor. Those charges could have landed him with a century-long prison sentence.
However, as part of a plea deal struck with prosecutors, all charges but one were dropped.
In court Wednesday, Wilking said she had considered rejecting the terms of the plea agreement, but decided not to because she said “large difficulties with the state’s case” had appeared at the change of plea hearing.