A Cheyenne high school sports reporter will serve three years of probation for sexually assaulting a woman in May.
Sisco Molina avoided a prison sentence after pleading guilty to the charge in July. If he violates the terms of his probation, he could serve an eight to 10 year prison sentence.
He is employed by the Wyoming Tribune Eagle but will resign effective Saturday, the newspaper’s editor said.
Molina continued to work as a high school sports reporter after his arrest, court documents and interviews show.
He said by phone Monday that he had informed the editor of the paper about the investigation by the time he was arrested. Brian Martin, editor of the Tribune Eagle, said that was accurate.
After his arrest, Molina covered Cheyenne high school sports, Laramie County Community College volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball and soccer.
Martin said he did not believe anyone was put at risk while Molina continued to work for the paper.
The case began after an unidentified woman went to the Laramie Police Department on May 18 and said Molina had sexually assaulted her while she slept.
According to text messages reproduced in court documents, Molina and the woman knew each other before the assault. He had texted her asking to spend time together while he was in Laramie. She declined, but said he could stay in her home if he needed someplace to “crash” and woke to him performing oral sex on her, she told police.
Molina told police in a May 31 interview that he had performed oral sex on the victim while she slept, according to the documents. Her boyfriend was home at the time.
Speaking Monday with the Star-Tribune, Molina said he was “sorry for what I’ve done.”
After Molina’s arrest, Tribune Eagle sports editor Jeremiah Johnke posted $1,500 bond to get him out of jail. Court documents reference an employer’s signature on bond sheets, apparently indicating that Johnke had represented himself as such.
Johnke said in an email Monday the he believes Molina is a good person, but that “what he did was unequivocally wrong.”
One of Molina’s bond conditions allowed him to travel to Casper to cover the Shrine Bowl for the Tribune Eagle. The Shrine Bowl is a high school football game.
Martin said that Johnke had posted bail for Molina “as a friend,” and not a representative of the newspaper. The bond conditions that allowed Molina to continue his work for the newspaper were requested by Molina and not the Tribune Eagle, Martin said.
Molina pleaded guilty at his arraignment in July and was sentenced in November.
When contacted Monday afternoon by the Star-Tribune, Molina said he was still employed by the Tribune Eagle but would be working from the office rather than doing field reporting. However, that evening he submitted his resignation, Martin said.
Molina worked at the Casper Star-Tribune as a sports clerk for 19 months ending in September 2014.