A registered high-risk sex offender charged with molesting eight children waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday morning, clearing the path for him to face nine felony counts in Seventh District Court.

Attorneys for Timothy Adams, who is also known as Timothy Adam Freeman, had twice asked for the hearing to be delayed as the court also considered a motion to close the proceeding to the public.

The motion to close the hearing was denied, and Adams appeared briefly in court on Tuesday, presenting a different attitude than he had in earlier court appearances.

Awaiting the arrival in the courtroom of a Natrona County Circuit Court judge in early May, Adams joked with family members, spoke to a Star-Tribune reporter and at one point rose from his seat to perform a short dance in spite of being shackled at the waist and in leg chains.

On Tuesday, Adams was only seen speaking with his attorney, Don Tolin.

Adams, 41, was profiled by the Star-Tribune in February after it was reported that he had been trying to befriend children in a local basketball program.

He is now charged with molesting eight children since July 2004, with two allegations of improper touching connected with reported activities at an April sleepover at Adams' north Casper home.

In all, Adams is charged with taking indecent liberties with eight children, all felonies carrying a prison sentence of up to 10 years. Adams is also charged with a third-degree sexual assault upon one of the children, a felony carrying up to 15 years in prison.

Adams' status as a registered high-risk sex offender is tied to convictions in 1987 and 1992.

In the first instance, according to the Wyoming attorney general's Web site, Adams was convicted of two counts of first degree rape in his home state of Washington.

In 1992, Adams was convicted in Cheyenne of attempted immoral and indecent acts and was ordered to serve nine to 10 years in prison.

Court records from Adams' 1992 conviction describe the attempted seduction of an adolescent boy.

Reporter Anthony Lane can be reached at (307) 266-0593 or at anthony.lane@casperstartribune.net.

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