Worland man faces 11 felonies in child sex abuse case

Written by on January 25, 2019

John Henry Seyfang(see-fang) IV, 64 of Worland, was arraigned in Washakie County District Court Wednesday on a charge of 1st degree sexual assault upon a minor and 10 charges of sexual exploitation of a child. According to police records, the alleged abuse began in 2012. The sexual assault charge carries a minimum sentence of 25 years and a maximum of 50 years. The exploitation charges carry a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum sentence of 12 years each. In all, Seyfang is facing 75 to 170 years in prison.

Based upon a motion by defense counsel, Seyfang will undergo a mental health evaluation by state doctors. When District Court Judge Bobbi Overfield asked if Seyfang had any mental illness that would interfere with his ability to understand the court proceedings, Public Defender Rich Hopkinson told the court that his client had short-term memory loss due to carbon monoxide poisoning four years ago.

Overfield entered a “not guilty” plea on behalf of Seyfang pending a mental health evaluation.

According to police records, Seyfang was arrested Dec. 10, 2018 on the sexual assault charge when the alleged victim reported abuse to a school district employee. Further investigation lead to a search warrant being executed on Seyfang’s residence. Evidence found during that search resulted in all of the sexual exploitation of a child charges.

Wyoming court rules state that the identity of minor victims in sexual assault cases are concealed while the defendant’s identity isn’t released until the case is bound over from circuit court to the district court. Seyfang previously waived his right to a preliminary hearing in both cases.

“At this point, there is very little I will share about this case,” said Washakie County Attorney John Worrall. “The state has an obligation to assure a fair trial for the defendant. At the same time, and even more importantly, the alleged victim’s privacy must be protected so that the family can focus on the long path to healing.”

He is being held at the Washakie County Jail on a $250,000 cash bond.

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