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Man accused of sex crimes wants prison transfer

Timothy Adams set to change plea on Friday

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A Casper man charged with sex crimes wants a judge to transfer him to an out-of-state prison from the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins before he's been sentenced or even been convicted.

Timothy Adams, also known as Timothy Adam Freeman, fears for his life because of Mexican gang attacks on blacks, according to a letter he wrote 7th District Judge David Park on Feb. 14 and filed with the court on Tuesday.

"I fear for my safety, so I'm requesting to be sent (where) my life isn't jeopardize(d)," Timothy Adams wrote.

However, Adams is currently incarcerated at the Natrona County Detention Center.

He is scheduled to enter a change-of-plea before Park on child molestation charges at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

On Tuesday, Park wrote to Adams, telling him that he needs to contact his attorney.

Adams' attorney Donald Tolin said he did not know about the letter and declined further comment because the case is still pending.

Adams pleaded not guilty in July to taking indecent liberties with children and a single count of third-degree sexual assault. His trial was scheduled to begin in September, but his attorney requested that Adams receive a mental evaluation to determine his competence to stand trial.

In January, attorneys on both sides of the case accepted a report stating that Adams is capable of understanding the charges against him and participating in his own defense.

Adams was arrested in April 2005, about two months after he received media attention for reportedly trying to befriend a child participating in a basketball program run by the city of Casper's recreation department.

Investigators say Adams inappropriately touched eight children between July 2004 and the time of his arrest, in one case touching a girl's genitals. That single case of reported genital contact accounts for the assault charge, which carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison and is the most severe charge Adams faces.

Adams has been incarcerated at the Natrona County Detention Center.

In his letter, he told Park that Wyoming State Penitentiary officials told him, "'We're separating the Mexican from the blacks, but there's not enough room to separate all of them.'"

Adams wants Park to sent him to Twin Rivers Correctional Center in Monroe, Wash., because he's from that state and served time there in 1987, he wrote. "And they have an excellent sex offender treatment program there."

He wants to serve his sentence without fear of being assaulted or killed, and has written to a Casper church, the American Civil Liberties Union, and his wife to contact a Star-Tribune reporter if something happens to him, he wrote. "I pray that the courts will grant my first request; if not at least some where I'm safe to do my time in peace."

The Wyoming Department of Corrections is starting to see signs of gang activity, especially from Wyoming inmates transferred to other prisons and then returned to Rawlins, spokeswoman Melinda Brazzale said. "We are very aware of it."

However, the Wyoming prison system does not house inmates by race, Brazzale said.

It uses a nationally accredited method to classify and house inmates by their ages, their risk to the institution, the type of crime, whether they have been in prison before, their health and other characteristics, she said.

"If someone tells us they have a grave concern that they should not housed with a certain individual, we screen that," Brazzale said.

The Department of Corrections, not the judge or attorney, decides after careful consideration to relocate a prisoner based on potential harm and it works with other states to swap prisoners, she said. "It's not a whimful decision."

Reporter Tom Morton can be reached at (307) 266-0592 or at Tom.Morton@casperstartribune.net.

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