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Alleged assailant at Honor Farm bound over

Oct 22, 2015 By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

The case of a Wyoming Honor Farm counselor charged with sexually assaulting an inmate has been bound over to Lander District Court on Oct. 14 after the defendant waived her preliminary hearing.

With the case reaching district court, the justice system released the defendant's identity, naming her as Haily Marie Cline.

Riverton Police Department Det. Dan Ladd in an affidavit said the defendant is an inmate counselor at the Honor Farm.

Wyoming law considers it a crime for any employee or independent contractor working for a correctional institution to have sex, defined as inflicting sexual intrusion, with a prisoner. The statute does not say force must be involved for the act to be second-degree sexual assault.

The alleged victim, a prisoner, told investigators he and the defendant first touched in early February when they exchanged a mutual kiss after a grief and loss meeting. Later, the alleged victim said, the defendant performed a sexual act for him in the bathroom of the defendant's office.

A Department of Corrections investigation had been looking into allegations of sexual misconduct by the counselor.

The inmate involved in the case told a DOC investigative lieutenant about the alleged sexual encounter during an interview May 7.

If convicted, the defendant faces two to 20 years in prison.

The next step in her case is an arraignment, but a date for the hearing has not been set.

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