Natrona County man, girlfriend sentenced in child sexual abuse case

Natrona County Man Sentenced to 38-50 Years, Natrona County
Woman Sentenced to 5-10 Years in...
Natrona County Man Sentenced to 38-50 Years, Natrona County Woman Sentenced to 5-10 Years in Child Sexual Abuse Case(kgwn)
Published: Jun. 28, 2022 at 2:08 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) – Natrona County resident Samuel Rosamond and his girlfriend, Zabrina Thornton, were sentenced this week in a child sex abuse case.

Rosamond was sentenced to 38-50 years in prison. Thornton was sentenced to 5-10 years in prison per a plea agreement for two counts of Conspiracy to Commit Sexual Abuse of a Minor in the 3rd degree. Both were sentenced in the District Court of the Seventh Judicial District with Judge Daniel Forgey presiding.

The Natrona County Sheriff’s Office detailed the investigation in a press release below:

In late June 2021, Natrona County Sheriff’s Office Investigators were contacted by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Computer Crimes Team (CCT) in Cheyenne, Wyoming regarding a CyberTip received by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

The CyberTip was in reference to several files depicting child sex assault material (CSAM) that NCMEC analysts believed were produced by a Google account holder. Based on the information provided in the CyberTip, along with corroborated local law enforcement database information, the images were believed to originate from Google account holder, 49-year-old Natrona County, Wyoming resident Samuel Rosamond.

During the early hours of the investigation, Natrona County Sheriff’s Investigators and DCI ICAC Agents made contact with Samuel Rosamond and his girlfriend, Zabrina Thornton near a home they shared in Natrona County, Wyoming.

On June 25th, 2021, both Rosamond and Thornton were interviewed separately at the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office. During the interview, Rosamond confessed to Investigators that on at least one occasion he sexually assaulted a juvenile in the home, and that during the occasion he recorded several video files with his cellphone. Rosamond denied Thornton’s knowledge or involvement of any abuse. Based upon the evidence and confession, Samuel Rosamond was placed under arrest by Natrona County Sheriff’s Office Investigators. In a separate, concurrent interview on June 25, 2021, Zabrina Thornton also denied any knowledge of abuse by Rosamond. Thornton was released from the interview.

NCSO Investigators and DCI ICAC Special Agents continued conducting the investigation, executing a search warrant at the shared residence and on Rosamond’s work vehicle. During the execution, Investigators and Agents located numerous items of evidence, including cellular phones, laptop computers, and four cameras. The cameras were disguised to appear as clock radios, and were placed in four different rooms of the residence, three of which were bedrooms. ICAC CCT analysts conducted data extraction and analysis on the evidence collected from the residence and vehicle. On July 15, 2021, Natrona County Sheriff’s Investigators were contacted by a Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Forensic Analyst (FA) regarding several images of concern believed to have been captured by the clock cameras found in the home. The images depicted Rosamond and Thornton engaged in sexual acts and sexual intercourse with juveniles present. With the assistance of a Wyoming Department and Family Services Investigator, the children in the home were immediately placed in protective custody due to NCSO Investigator’s concerns of Thornton’s involvement in Rosamond’s abuse.

Thornton was interviewed again by NCSO Investigators and confessed to participating in sex acts with Rosamond and juveniles in the home, on multiple occasions. Based on the information gathered throughout the course of the investigation, specifically statements made by Rosamond and Thornton, Investigators believed that both parties participated in sex acts with a juvenile involved. Ultimately, Thornton was arrested. On November 5, 2021, Samuel Rosamond plead guilty in District Court to one count of 1st Degree Sexual Abuse of a Minor in accordance with a plea agreement.

On March 4, 2022, Rosamond was sentenced by Judge Daniel Forgey in District Court of the Seventh Judicial District to 38-50 years in prison for 1st Degree Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

On Wednesday, June 22, 2022, in District Court of the Seventh Judicial District with Judge Daniel Forgey presiding, Zabrina Thornton was sentenced to 5-10 years in prison per a plea agreement on an Alford plea for two counts of Conspiracy to Commit Sexual Abuse of a Minor in the 3 rd degree.

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