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Carnival worker accused of kidnapping, sexually assaulting 5-year-old boy in Wyoming

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CASPER, Wyo. — A carnival worker is accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 5-year-old boy in Wyoming.

Joshua Winters, 33, is accused of taking the boy from an arcade at the El Mark-O bowling alley Monday night, the Casper Tribune reported Thursday.

Winter’s name was redacted from court documents, but the Tribune reported his name was read out loud during a court appearance Wednesday.

A woman found the boy alone and crying near the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds about an hour after police started investigating the kidnapping, according to police and court documents filed Wednesday. The boy’s clothes were wet and his cheek appeared to be swollen, the documents said.

When the woman brought the boy to the police station, he told investigators, “I’m not OK,” according to the documents.

The boy told police the man sexually assaulted him by the river, the records said. The boy also said the man threatened to kill him if he screamed or told anyone what happened.

The boy told police he left the arcade with “the guy that gives me things,” the documents said. The boy said he went to the North Platte River with the man so he could “could show me his camp.”

According to the records, Winters told police the boy’s brother stole money from his wallet at the arcade and he left with the boy to get his money back.

The boy said his brother had the money “down by the river,” documents said. The suspect allegedly told investigators the boy went into the river and he saved him from drowning. He told police he passed out after pulling the boy out of the water and the boy was gone when he woke up.

Winter faces charges of aggravated kidnapping, first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, the Tribune reported. His bond was set at $250,000.