Editor’s note: It is the Laramie Boomerang’s policy not to run names of defendants in sex crime cases until a conviction, or guilty or no contest pleas, unless the accused is a person of public interest, such as an elected official, or a person of public trust, such as a teacher or counselor.
The trial for a former therapist facing more than two dozen felony charges will be postponed pending receipt of the necessary paperwork, and money seized from the defendant’s home will be returned to him, District Court Judge Tori Kricken ruled Wednesday afternoon during a motions hearing in the case.
After a Laramie Police Department investigation spanning several months, Scott Alan Addison, 48, of Laramie, was charged in February with one count of first-degree sexual assault, one count of blackmail, two counts of attempted blackmail, one count of felonious restraint and 20 counts of sexual exploitation of a child. He pleaded not guilty to all charges at his arraignment in March.
The charging documents allege Addison threatened to send nude images of multiple women and had sexually explicit images and videos of a teenager despite knowing she was 17 years old at the time. Two women interviewed by police reported the defendant bound their hands and sexually assaulted them, according to the documents.
In a motion filed April 16, defense attorney Vaughn Neubauer asked the court to return property law enforcement seized from his client during the execution of a search warrant on his home — specifically, a large safe containing a second, smaller safe that held the proceeds of Addison’s grandmother’s estate.
Neubauer claimed in his motion the money was lawfully obtained and did not have “any possible evidentiary value,” further arguing the defendant would be able to post bond with these funds. As of Wednesday afternoon, Addison was detained on a $50,000 cash bond.
“The State has not identified any connection this money could have to this case, but rather claims that the (Drug Enforcement Administration) and the (Internal Revenue Service) are ‘looking into this money,’” Neubauer writes in the motion. “Despite this, the defendant is unaware of any search warrant or seizure order issued or executed by any federal agency.”
In the state’s response, filed May 8, prosecuting attorney Kurt Britzius indicated the money was in the possession of the Laramie Police Department and the state was waiting for confirmation on whether the federal government would seize the property as part of a federal investigation. In court Wednesday, Neubauer said his client had a “desperate need for the money,” which amounted to approximately $100,000, explaining the defendant was only able to see him on a limited basis because he was incarcerated in the Albany County Detention Center.
“This man is not going to have a fair trial unless he bonds out,” Neubauer said.
Britzius acknowledged the federal government had not seized the money in question, and Kricken granted the motion to return the property to the defendant.
Kricken also indicated she was willing to reschedule the trial for a later date after Neubauer said he needed more time to process “voluminous” amounts of documents related to the case, which he said included a disc containing thousands of pages of information. Addison was originally set to stand trial in August.
The court was initially scheduled to discuss whether certain pieces of evidence could be introduced during trial. A section of the Wyoming Rules of Evidence prohibits courts from using “crimes, wrongs, or acts” as evidence of a person’s character, but this evidence can be used for other purposes — for instance, to demonstrate a defendant’s motive, opportunity or intent.
In a motion filed May 8, the state indicated it intends to present multiple pieces of evidence, including allegations the defendant used a false identity to contact women and photographed them during sexual encounters, that might involve this portion of the rules. However, Kricken said the court would address that matter at a later time, when all of the evidence was available.
Addison also faces a separate felony charge of possession of a controlled substance — methandrostenolone, stemming from the alleged seizure of a bottle of pills from his home during the execution of a search warrant. Methandrostenolone is an anabolic steroid.
That case was bound over to District Court after the defendant waived a preliminary hearing in Circuit Court last week.