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Jul 12, 2017 - From wire reports

Teacher charged in sex assault

CHEYENNE (AP) -- A junior high school teacher in southeast Wyoming has been charged with sexually abusing his adopted daughter over a three-year period.

The Cheyenne man faces eight counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor. Charging documents say the abuse occurred between May 2014 and April 2017, a period during which the girl was between 14 and 17 years old.

Each count carries a maximum prison term of 50 years.

Lightning caused Keystone Fire

CHEYENNE (AP) -- Investigators have determined that lightning ignited a wildfire that has burned about 3 square miles (8 square kilometers) of timber in a southeast Wyoming national forest.

The fire burning in the Keystone area of Medicine Bow National Forest began July 3.

After growing quickly last week, officials say the fire has been relatively inactive this week thanks for favorable weather conditions, which have allowed firefighters to contain about 15 percent of the fire.

However, they note plenty of heavy fuels in the area that could contribute to fire growth. Firefighters are constructing containment lines and conducting burnouts where they can.

Man thought it was OK to rape wife

CASPER (AP) -- A Wyoming man who allegedly said he "did not know it was illegal" to rape his wife has pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual assault.

James Furley pleaded guilty Monday to one count of third-degree sexual assault for assaulting the woman in May 2016.

The crime carries a maximum 15 years in prison and $10,000 fine.

Furley's guilty plea gives Assistant District Attorney Brett Johnson the freedom to argue for the maximum penalty at sentencing.

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