Prosecutors this week charged a Casper man with eight felonies alleging he violently raped two people, one of whom is a 17-year-old girl.
Jacob Paquette, 20, wore jail garb for his appearance Monday in Natrona County Circuit Court, where he waived public reading of the charges. Judge Steven Brown set bond at $25,000 and ordered he not have contact with the alleged victims. Documents available Tuesday morning did not indicate if Paquette had posted bond.
Assistant District Attorney Jared Holbrook did not characterize the charges except to tell Brown they were “all extremely serious.”
Defense attorney Hampton Young likewise did not characterize the allegations except to say the case presents a “very unusual set of circumstances” and to imply a custody battle played a role in the allegations.
According to court documents filed in the case, Assistant District Attorney Kevin Taheri has charged Paquette with strangulation, aggravated assault, felonious restraint, sexual exploitation of children and four counts of first-degree sexual assault.
Further documents state that police began investigating the case Saturday morning, when the 17-year-old called to say Paquette assaulted her at her Natrona County home. The girl told a police officer Paquette had asked to speak with her, the documents state.
He became angry, and she tried to leave, the documents state she told police. Paquette grabbed her multiple times to keep her from leaving, according to the documents. He shoved her, before carrying her to a different room, the documents state she told police. She screamed and he put a pillow over her face, only releasing it when she stopped kicking her legs, the documents allege.
She locked herself in a bathroom, but when she came out, Paquette raped her, the documents state she told police. The next morning, he held her down and raped her, the documents state. He kicked her in the stomach, put her in a chokehold and again raped her, the documents state she said.
When authorities took the girl to Wyoming Medical Center, her body was covered with more than 30 bruises, the documents state. The girl completed a sexual assault examination, which includes swabbing a person’s genitals to collect any potential DNA evidence.
About an hour after the girl called police, Paquette called dispatchers and asked if any reports had been made against him, according to the documents. When a dispatcher told Paquette that information was not public, he then said a girl had beat him up and he would come to police headquarters to make a report, the documents state.
About an hour and a half later, Paquette told two detectives that the girl had become suicidal and he had held her in a “bear hug” to keep her from harm, according to the documents. He said he prevented her from leaving the home so she would not harm herself, the documents state. He said the two had consensual sex multiple times, according to the documents. The next morning she again threatened self harm, the documents state he told police.
Paquette said he left the home and when he called the girl, a male relative said she had called the police, according to the documents. Paquette then made his own call to dispatchers.
Detectives found a report of a sexual assault dating to September, in which a different person said Paquette had raped her, according to the documents. The documents do not indicate why that alleged assault had not yet been charged. Those allegations were merged into a single case.