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Former probation officer pleads guilty to sexually assaulting parolee
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Former probation officer pleads guilty to sexually assaulting parolee

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Lindsey Shablo attends her initial appearance in court July 1 in Casper via livestream. She is accused of having sex with a man she was tasked with supervising while working as a probation and parole agent. 

A former probation officer pleaded guilty Tuesday in Natrona County District Court to a charge of sexual assault for having a sexual relationship with a parolee under her supervision.

Lindsey Shablo of Casper previously pleaded not guilty in August to the single charge of second-degree sexual assault. Her guilty plea now is part of an agreement that recommends limiting her prison sentence to three years. The maximum sentence for second-degree sexual assault is 20 years.

During a change of plea hearing Tuesday, Shablo admitted that she had sex with a parolee while employed by the Wyoming Department of Corrections as a parole officer.

Defense attorney Don Fuller confirmed in court that the victim was under her direct supervision for a period.

Under state law, a correctional employee cannot receive consent to a sexual relationship with someone they’re supervising.

According to an affidavit in the case, Shablo texted with the victim from multiple phones, including a phone she bought from Walmart that was separate from her personal and work phones.

In an interview with investigators, Shablo said they had sex two or three times between December 2018 and February 2019, always at her house in Casper. In recorded phone call between the victim and his girlfriend in February 2020, the victim also confirmed he’d had sex with Shablo “a handful of times.”

Authorities reportedly began looking into the relationship in 2019, when another probation officer heard the two had slept together and that Shablo was possibly pregnant with the victim’s child. Both denied the relationship at the time, and the pregnancy rumor later proved to be false.

In 2020, a Department of Corrections spokesperson told the Star-Tribune that Shablo had worked for the agency, based in Casper, for three years. She left her post in April 2020.

Shablo now awaits a final decision on her sentence, pending the completion of a pre-sentence investigation report. As a result of her conviction, Shablo must register and maintain status as a sex offender.

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