Wyoming trooper waives preliminary hearing, moving on to district court

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming Highway Patrol Sgt. Gabriel Testerman waived his right to a preliminary hearing, which was set for today, Sept. 7.

Testerman appeared before Magistrate West in Laramie County Circuit Court on Aug. 31 to hear three counts of inflicting sexual intrusion on a victim, during which West set Testerman’s bond at $100,000.

Waiving the right to a preliminary hearing, which takes place for the court to determine whether there is enough evidence to bind the case over to District Court, moves the case forward to District Court without that determination from a judge.

Testerman’s next court appearance is not yet scheduled.

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Little information is publicly available regarding how Testerman became a suspect in the case. His initial appearance followed an announcement Tuesday, Aug. 30, from the Wyoming Highway Patrol that Testerman had been arrested.

The Highway Patrol said it was contacted about the investigation into Testerman on May 2.

The Highway Patrol said the investigation is ongoing and the department is fully cooperating with the Cheyenne Police Department.