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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Wyoming
For Immediate Release
Nicholas Vassallo, United States Attorney
www.justice.gov/usao-wy
Friday, October 13, 2023

Activity in the United States Attorney’s Office

Possession of Child Pornography

Charles Victor Flint, age 63, of Sundance, Wyoming, was sentenced to 120 months in prison for possession of child pornography. U.S. District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson imposed the sentence on October 2, 2023. Flint was indicted in May and pled guilty in July.

According to court documents, on March 1, 2023, Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation executed a search warrant based on CyberTips received by the Wyoming Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Flint had previous state convictions in Colorado for internet luring of a child and attempted sexual assault of a child. Investigators found child pornography and child erotica images on devices owned and used by Flint. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christyne M. Martens.

Firearm Offense

Joshua Ray Germer, age 39, of Buffalo, Wyoming, was sentenced to 28 months’ imprisonment for being a felon in possession of a firearm. U.S. District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson imposed the sentence on October 3, 2023. Germer was indicted in May and pled guilty in July.

According to court documents, Germer, a convicted felon on probation, was found in possession of a Walther pistol, several different calibers of ammunition and suspected suppressors, when probation officers conducted a routine search of his home. The crime was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan C. Coppom.

Drug Trafficking

Tyler Christian Sims, age 31, of Casper, Wyoming, was sentenced to 94 months’ imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Chief U.S. District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl imposed the sentence on Oct. 11. Sims was indicted in May and pled guilty in July.

According to court documents, an investigation led by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) followed evidence leading to drugs being delivered to Sims’ residence through the U.S. Postal Service. Postal inspectors conducted a controlled delivery and seized approximately 200 grams of meth from two shipments that were addressed to Sims. This crime was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and DCI. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Elmore.

Ashley Hyatt, age 35, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, was sentenced to 65 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and distribution of fentanyl. U.S. District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson imposed the sentence on October 6. Hyatt was indicted in May and pled guilty in July.

According to court documents, on Sept. 25, 2022, a deceased woman was found in her bedroom. Investigators found a foil with a burnt blue pill next to her with 4 more blue fentanyl pills in her bedroom. The woman’s cell phone contained text conversations showing that she had purchased the fentanyl pills from Hyatt on Sept. 24, 2022. Further investigation revealed that Hyatt was involved with distribution of fentanyl and methamphetamine from September through her arrest on May 18, 2023. This investigation included the seizure of approximately 280 grams of methamphetamine and 472 pills of fentanyl from her residence in Oct. 2022, and the possession of approximately 60 grams of fentanyl from her arrest on May 18. This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Forwood.

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