A Casper-based probation officer sent nude photos to a woman he supervised, a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday afternoon alleges.
Jaret Maul, who worked in the Casper probation office of the Wyoming Department of Corrections, also told the woman about “explicit, sexual acts he wished and intended to do to her,” according to the lawsuit. The civil claim alleges Maul violated the woman’s constitutional rights, including her Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment.
“In a case like this, it’s really hard to come forward,” Ian Sandefer, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of Kalee Blazek, said. “My client is stepping forward to make sure this type of conduct doesn’t happen again.”
The lawsuit does not name Maul’s employer as a defendant.
A corrections department spokesman said Wednesday morning that Maul no longer works for the agency. The spokesman, Mark Horan, cited privacy of personnel records and a lack of personal knowledge in declining to say why Maul left the agency’s employ.
In a follow-up phone call, Horan said Maul left the department on Dec. 5, 2018. When asked if the agency had been aware of the allegations against their employee, Horan said it had been. When asked to clarify when and what specific allegations the agency was aware of, Horan again cited the personnel exemption to Wyoming records law.
“I’m not at liberty to get into any of that,” he said.
Online court records did not indicate if Maul has hired a lawyer. Maul could not be reached by phone Wednesday morning.
Sandefer said the agency had looked into allegations of misconduct brought against Maul, who was at one point suspended from the agency. Sandefer said he did not know the outcome of the corrections department’s internal investigation.
A Natrona County Circuit Court judge in May 2018 placed Blazek on probation for a year after prosecutors offered her a deferred prosecution agreement for a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge. Blazek pleaded guilty to the charge, but under the agreement, her conviction would not be entered on the record and would be dismissed if she completed probation successfully.
Circuit court records available Wednesday morning did not make clear if the case has been dismissed. The records did indicate that the woman completed her financial obligations in August and did not show any allegations of missteps on probation between August and this month.
Sandefer said Wednesday evening she successfully completed her term of probation but that paperwork has not yet been filed for dismissal of the marijuana case. He said Blazek had wanted to wait to complete probation before filing the lawsuit.
According to the lawsuit, after she had spent about three months in Maul’s supervision, he told her he would recommend she either be discharged or placed on unsupervised probation, under which probationers are generally not required to check in with the agency. The lawsuit states that soon after, Maul added her as a “friend” on Snapchat, the social media site known for the ephemeral nature of its photo messaging.
The lawsuit includes two photos: one of a man wearing a probation and parole lanyard and another of a man — whose face is not fully visible — wearing only underwear, through which the outline of his genitals are visible. According to the lawsuit, both photos are of Maul and were sent by him to the woman.
The lawsuit describes the photos as “two of the more mundane” that Maul sent the woman.
Although photos sent via Snapchat are not easily accessible after they have been opened and viewed once, they remain in the company’s servers. The lawsuit does not directly state how the photos were recovered.
For fear of having her probation revoked, the woman responded to Maul with sexual comments and photos, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit also alleges that Maul “used his position and authority to exploit (other probationers) for his sexual purposes and gratification.” It does not provide any details regarding allegations made by other probationers.