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Former Dean Morgan teacher sentenced to at least 6 years in prison for sexual abuse of student
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Former Dean Morgan teacher sentenced to at least 6 years in prison for sexual abuse of student

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Jason Waugaman, 36, waits for his name to be called during his initial court appearance in January in Casper.

A former Dean Morgan Middle School teacher was sentenced to six to 12 years in prison Tuesday, after pleading guilty in May to sexually abusing a student.

Jason Waugaman, 36, was initially charged with three counts of sexual abuse of a minor. He was accused of driving to the student’s apartment and abusing her in his car; he was also accused — and pleaded guilty to — touching her breast and of sending her photos of his genitals. In early May, he pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree sexual assault.

The plea deal included the recommendation that Waugaman face six to 12 years in prison. Natrona County District Attorney Dan Itzen confirmed to the Star-Tribune on Tuesday that Waugaman was given that sentence Tuesday morning.

Waugaman was arrested in January; the case was first publicly announced by the Natrona County School District and the Casper Police Department, who said in a brief statement that a school employee had been arrested. More information was initially withheld but it later emerged that the victim had come forward in January and had essentially helped police set up a sting operation against Waugaman, in which he sent incriminating text messages to the girl.

After he was fired by the district following his arrest, Waugaman contested his firing, according to documents obtained by the Star-Tribune, though on what grounds is unclear.

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Education and Health Reporter

Seth Klamann joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 and covers education and health. A 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri and proud Kansas City native, Seth worked for newspapers in Milwaukee and Omaha before coming to Casper.

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