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Man sentenced to 25 years on sex abuse charges
May 31, 2012 - By Martin Reed, Staff Writer
Perry Verdell Gould Sr. appeared for his sentencing Tuesday in Wyoming's U.S. District Court in Cheyenne after pleading guilty under
an agreement March 20.
A federal judge sentenced a Wind River Indian Reservation man to 25 years in prison on two charges of sexual abuse of a minor for acts he committed between 2006 and 2008.
Perry Verdell Gould Sr. appeared for his sentencing Tuesday in Wyoming's U.S. District Court in Cheyenne after pleading guilty to both charges under an agreement March 20.
Gould's plea agreement resulted in dismissal of five other felonies against him including two counts of aggravated child sexual abuse, two counts of abusive sexual contact and one charge of sexual abuse.
The charges contained in a superseding indictment filed against Gould on Jan. 11 alleged actions committed by him between August 2004 and April 2008.
Four of the charges specifically cite allegations of sexual contact involving a child while another stated Gould knew the victim "was incapable of appraising the nature of the conduct," according to court documents.
During the 40-minute hearing, federal Judge Alan B. Johnson sentenced Gould to 15 years in prison on one count of sexual abuse of a minor and 10 years in prison on the other.
Johnson ordered Gould to serve both sentences consecutively, meaning he must complete one prison term before starting the other.
The judge also ordered Gould to serve a lifetime of supervised release after he completes his prison terms and ordered him to pay $800 in fines and $200 in special assessments.
Johnson recommended Gould serve his sentence in Englewood, Colo., "to be near family and where counseling programs for sexual abuse are available," according to court documents.
The U.S. Attorney's Office reported that Gould considers himself a transient, but he has lived in St. Stephen's and Arapahoe. Gould was 32 when a grand jury indictment initially surfaced against him Nov. 15.
The first indictment prompted a warrant for Gould's arrest. Riverton police arrested him Nov. 17, and Gould appeared in federal court in Lander on Nov. 18, but he was still intoxicated from the previous day with a .13 blood-alcohol content level.