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Stefan Voltaire

Stefan Voltaire, 37, makes his initial appearance Thursday in Natrona County Circuit Court. Voltaire faces 11 felony charges for allegedly sexually abusing a 10-year-old.

A Casper man appeared in court Thursday to face charges alleging he sexually abused a 10-year-old over a period of months.

Stefan Voltaire, 37, is facing 11 felony counts in the case. He has already admitted to some of the allegations, prosecutor Trevor Schenk said in Natrona County Circuit Court.

When given the opportunity to speak, Voltaire declined.

Photos exist of Voltaire sexually abusing the child, Schenk said. The prosecutor did not specify who had created the photos, but one of the charges alleges Voltaire either possessed, created or distributed child pornography. Schenk told a judge that Voltaire had abused the child over a period of nine months. When he was confronted about the allegations, Voltaire threatened to kill himself, Schenk said.

Judge Michael Patchen set Voltaire’s bond at $100,000, cash only. When asked if he could make bond, Voltaire said he could not.

In requesting the bond amount, Schenk cited the number of counts in the case, the vulnerability of the victim and the age of the victim as supporting factors.

Court documents detailing and supporting the charges were not available Thursday afternoon. Prosecutors have charged him with six counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, four counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and one count of sexual exploitation of children.

Voltaire will be assigned a public defender, Patchen said.

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Crime and Courts Reporter

Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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