Texan charged in Sublette with 2014 sexual abuse of minor

SUBLETTE COUNTY – A Texas man is charged with two felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor on July 3, 2014, when the minor younger than 13 and he was at least four years older.

The file against Jesus I. Castillo Duarte, now 38, was sealed in Sublette County Circuit Court and opened when it was bound over to 9th District Court.

The minor girl told school staff that Duarte touched her inappropriately several years earlier when she was about 9 years old; records show. He allegedly came to a previous family home and molested her, she said.

This report went to Wyoming Department of Family Services, who reported it to the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office and Detective Travis Lanning interviewed the minor and parents to pinpoint the time frame as the summer before the minor started fourth grade in another school, according to his affidavit.

Duarte is charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, at least 16 at the time of the assault with the minor younger than 13, a felony that carries a maximum penalty of 25 to 50 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Duarte is also charged with third-degree sexual abuse of a minor younger than 17 when he was at least four years older, according to court records. That felony carries penalties of up to 15 years in prison and $10,000 fine.

He was brought from Texas to Pinedale in custody and appeared before Circuit Court Judge Curt Haws on March 30. Bond was set at $50,000 cash or surety with release terms to have no contact or influence with the minor’s family or third parties. He was in custody at press time.

Duarte will have his videoconference arraignment on April 28 at 10:15 a.m. before 9th District Court Judge Marv Tyler.