Man pleads not guilty to sexual assault

Victoria O’Brien

Casey Neumeyer, of Greybull, was arraigned on Tuesday on charges of sexual assault in the first degree in the Fifth Judicial District Court of Big Horn County where he entered a plea of not guilty.
Neumeyer remains in custody at the Big Horn County Detention Center on a $50,000 cash bond after the prosecution declared him a flight risk. Neumeyer hails from Idaho where a warrant exists in his name after he failed to appear in court; prosecutors told Judge Bobbi Dean Overfield they felt Neumeyer could not be trusted if left to his own recognizance, given his history and a job offer he received in another state shortly before being arrested.
Neumeyer stands accused of having assaulted a woman while she was incapacitated. If convicted, the felony charge is punishable by imprisonment between five and 50 years and/or a fine not to exceed $10,000.
Court documents allege that on March 23, Neumeyer left the Smokehouse Saloon with a group of women and returned to an apartment complex.
One of the women fell asleep on the sofa while her friends left to take a walk and reported that she woke to Neumeyer fondling her without her consent.
In her statement, the woman told police that Neumeyer assaulted her and that she was afraid to open her eyes or say anything to him because her friends were not there and Neumeyer was so much larger than her.
The woman’s friends returned to find Neumeyer had pushed the woman from the couch to a mattress on the floor, where he continued to fondle her breasts, and asked him to leave immediately. He did not and, while the other women were attempting to force him from the apartment, Neumeyer is said to have become combative and told the women “these things happen to girls because they act like they do” and “[they] will be alone and childless forever.” Following this, Neumeyer left the apartment and the women decided to report the incident to police.
The woman was subsequently transported by a CARES representative to Powell for a sexual assault exam with a Greybull police officer in attendance.
Officers later found Neumeyer at his home and, after a series of questions as to his whereabouts on the night in question, arrested him on March 26.