Prosecutors intend to have two men tell a judge about an alleged sexual assault at a strip club when they testify at Tony Cercy’s sentencing hearing later this month, according to court documents filed this month.

Cercy will be sentenced for his conviction on a single count of third-degree sexual assault, which is not directly related to the strip club allegation.

A Hot Springs County jury in November convicted Cercy following his second trial on the charge. The first trial ended in a hung jury and acquittals on two other counts. At the Thermopolis trial a 22-year-old woman testified she woke in 2017 on the couch of the man’s Alcova Lake house to Cercy performing oral sex on her.

In February filings, Michael Blonigen, who is serving as special prosecutor for the purposes of sentencing, states that he intends to call Derek Hamilton and Sonny Pilcher to testify about the alleged assault, which the filings state took place at Racks Gentleman’s Club. Although Cercy was never prosecuted for the alleged assault, Blonigen’s filing states he wants the judge to consider the allegation when he sentences Cercy.

Although then-District Attorney Blonigen had tried to present an accusation at Cercy’s first trial that the Casper businessman assaulted a stripper and paid her so she wouldn’t go to the police, Judge Daniel Forgey did not allow its admission.

During the January 2018 hearing in which Forgey told Blonigen the evidence would not be admitted, the prosecutor said the incident involving the stripper allegedly took place in 2010 at a strip club west of Casper.

Jeffrey Pagliuca, who represents Cercy, said at the hearing the incident was a “complete fabrication.”

Upon his conviction, Natrona County District Court Judge Daniel Forgey ordered Cercy held without bond pending sentencing. He is set to be sentenced Feb. 27 in Natrona County.

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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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