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Paul Harnetty

Paul Harnetty makes his initial appearance Feb. 17 in Natrona County Circuit Court in Natrona County Circuit Court. Harnetty, a former Casper OB-GYN, was arrested in Minnesota in January on allegations of sexually assaulting female patients while practicing in Casper.

A former Casper doctor has agreed to plead guilty to a steroids possession charge in exchange for avoiding a prison sentence.

Paul Harnetty, who is facing a range of sexual assault charges in a separate case related to his work as a Casper gynecologist, signed the plea agreement on Oct. 6.

In April, Harnetty allegedly attempted to buy 3.6 grams of Nandolone, a synthetic steroid that is also listed as a controlled substance, from a business in China, according to court documents.

The agreement indicates that Harnetty will plead guilty to attempted unlawful possession, a crime punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Both prosecuting and defense attorneys will ask the judge to sentence Harnetty to a suspended prison sentence and ask that he serve probation instead of going to prison, according to documents filed in Natrona County District Court.

The suggested length of the suspended sentence and probation are not indicated in the documents.

Plea agreements are written up between prosecuting and defense attorneys, and judges do not play a role. It is only when Harnetty pleads guilty that a judge will review the agreement. The judge could throw out the agreement and allow Harnetty to withdraw his plea.

The plea agreement does not impact the sexual assault case. In that case, Harnetty is facing eight counts of second-degree sexual assault and two counts of third-degree sexual assault. Patients of Harnetty’s have alleged he sexually assaulted them when practicing as an OB/GYN.

He remains free on bond.

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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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