Lander business owner accused of having sexual relationship with underage employee

(Lander, Wyo.) – A local business man has been charged for allegedly having a sexual relationship with one of his underage employees. Robert Clark, 53, the owner of Subway sandwich shop in Lander, is accused of having illegal physical contact with a 17-year-old female employee.

Clark is charged with Sexual Abuse of a Minor in the Third Degree. The crime, should he be found guilty, is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The case has been bound over to Wyoming’s Ninth District Court. An arraignment date, when Clark will enter a plea, has not yet been set. He is currently out on a $15,000 cash bond.

The charge was filed against him on January 24, 2014, after a relative of the girl brought information to Fremont County Sheriff’s Office detective and Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agents in early December 2013. The case was sealed until it was bound over to District Court on July 23, when the preliminary hearing was waived. The girl reportedly told the relative that she had “kissed” Clark.

The girl later told investigators that she and Clark had had a physical relationship during the summer of 2013 through early November. She reportedly had worked at Subway since 2012. The affidavit written by DCI Special Agent Loy Young states the girl also admitted to engaging in mutual sexual acts with Clark.

The affidavit states that the DCI agents interviewed Clark on Dec. 10, 2013. “Clark was advised that he did not have to talk to the agents if he did not want to do so and that he was not under arrest and was free to leave at any time,” the court document states. “Clark admitted that there was inappropriate sexual contact between him and (the victim) from approximately the end of the summer of 2013 to sometime in November 2013.” One specific instance of contact, the girl’s 17th birthday, was also referenced in the court document.

All persons arrested or cited are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.