CHEYENNE—A former therapist killed Wednesday after a standoff with local law enforcement was set to face trial next Monday in Albany County for sex crimes and other charges.
Scott Addison, 49, was identified Thursday as the man shot and killed by law enforcement officers in the 4700 block of Ridge Road.
He was set to face trial next week on 20 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and charges of first-degree sexual assault, two counts of attempted blackmail and felonious restraint.
Court documents from that case detail sexual assaults against six women ages 17-19 in 2015 and 2016.
The women were typically coaxed into meeting Addison with the promise of money, gifts or sex.
In nearly all of the incidents, Addison was accused of taking compromising nude photos of the women and threatening to share them if they didn’t allow him to perform sometimes brutal sexual acts.
In the summer of 2015, Addison convinced two 18-year-old women to get into his car in Cheyenne, saying he would drive them to another local apartment, according to court documents.
Instead, Addison got on Interstate 80 and drove them to his trailer in Laramie, where he kept them for four days, refusing to give them a ride back home, the court documents allege.
While there, the women said he forced them to perform sexual acts and threatened to leave them in Laramie if they didn’t comply, according to court documents.
Albany County Attorney Peggy Trent said the trial has been vacated, and she intends to dismiss the charges next week.
Before Addison moved to Wyoming, he worked as a counselor for the Ada County Drug and Veterans Treatment Court in Idaho from March 2010 until July 2014.
He sued the county after his firing, alleging employment discrimination, according to federal court documents.
Addison alleged that the veterans drug court discriminated against him based on his diagnosed disability—bipolar disorder—by not giving him the reasonable accommodations he requested.
The lawsuit also states that the predominately female staff discriminated against Addison based on gender by not including him in events, giving him more troublesome clients and falsely accusing him of having a sexual relationship with a co-worker in 2013, according to court records.
That lawsuit was dismissed earlier this year without a trial or settlement.
Addison also filed a similar lawsuit against the Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance, where he worked from February-July 2007.
In those court filings, Addison accused a former supervisor of giving him a job because he had sex with her and then criticizing him when he ended the relationship. He was subsequently fired.
Addison was granted a $28,000 settlement from the state in 2009, according to a story from the Idaho Statesman.
In Cheyenne on Wednesday, Addison was identified by a Laramie County Sheriff’s deputy around 2 p.m. while driving near the intersection of Ridge Road and Dell Range Boulevard.
He was wanted on a warrant for violating bond after being caught drinking Saturday at a Hooters restaurant in Loveland, Colorado.
The Laramie County Sheriff’s deputy pulled him over Wednesday and saw that Addison was carrying a rifle. The deputy called in backup, and Cheyenne Police Department officers and more sheriff’s deputies responded, according to Cheyenne Police Department spokesman Officer Kevin Malatesta.
For the next hour, Addison sat in his red pickup truck and refused to comply with commands given by deputies, Malatesta said.
While he sat in his car, officers worked to secure the scene and evacuate people from nearby businesses.
At around 3 p.m., Addison got out of his truck and fired the rifle.
Three Cheyenne Police Department officers and one Laramie County Sheriff’s Department deputy returned fire, Malatesta said.
Addison was hit and taken to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. None of the officers were injured.
No charges have yet been filed against the officers.
“At this point, the information we have would seem to indicate that it was a justified police action, but we’ll do the formal verdict when we have all of the information (from the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation),” said Laramie County District Attorney Jeremiah Sandburg.
All of the officers will be put on paid leave pending the outcome of the DCI investigation, Malatesta said.
Lt. Kevin James from the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department said all of the officers will be provided support services they need to recover from the incident.
“Even though the officers weren’t injured by gunfire, the incidents take a large emotional toll,” he said.