Casper Man Accused of Kidnapping, Sexual Abuse Pleads Not Guilty
A Casper man, who police say kidnapped and sexually abused a young girl in July, denied the allegations in court Tuesday.
Joshua T. Hicks is charged with aggravated kidnapping, second-degree sexual abuse of a child and third-degree sexual abuse of a child. Hicks pleaded not guilty to the charges. If he's convicted of all charges, he could face life behind bars.
Natrona County District Court Judge Catherine Wilking continued Hicks's bond, which is $500,000 cash only. He remains jailed at the Natrona County Detention Center.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, a child born in 2014 was outside playing in the area of SW Wyoming Boulevard and South Coffman Avenue when Hicks allegedly took her on July 3. She was returned to an area near her home about 13 minutes later.
Court documents say that Hicks drove the girl around, exposed himself to her and forced her to touch his genitals.
The affidavit alleges that Hicks told police he fantasizes about young girls and has watched them play on playgrounds at schools on more than 30 different occasions.