Jackson Mayor Pete Muldoon on Monday morning filed a complaint with the Teton County Sheriff’s Office alleging that the woman who accused him of sexual assault in 2018 committed three crimes under Wyoming law: filing a false report, blackmail and bribery of a public servant.
The woman’s attorney, meanwhile, said by email Monday afternoon that “the filing of this complaint is another attempt to silence her,” adding that “my client never asked for this attention.”
Muldoon’s complaint, which the Jackson Hole Daily obtained a copy of from a source outside of the sheriff’s office, alleges that the woman “knowingly and intentionally made a false report to authorities” and that she “must be held accountable and must be prevented from continuing to engage in this harmful behavior.”
Muldoon wrote in the complaint that at the conclusion of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation’s 2018 inquiry, “DCI Investigator Mike Carlson informed me that there was sufficient evidence to charge [the woman] with making a false report. At that time, I indicated my preference that she not be charged. In light of recent new information, ... as well as [the woman’s] continued and now public accusations against me, I would like the County Attorney’s office to be aware that my preferences in this matter have changed.”
The Jackson Hole Daily does not name alleged victims of sexual assault, so the woman’s name has been redacted.
Additionally, Muldoon claims in his complaint that the DCI is in possession of sufficient evidence to charge the woman with blackmail under Wyoming Statute 6.4.402. The statute reads, in part: “(a) A person commits blackmail if, with the intent to obtain property of another or to compel action or inaction by any person against his will, the person:
“(ii) Accuses or threatens to accuse a person of a crime or immoral conduct which would tend to degrade or disgrace the person or subject him to the ridicule or contempt of society.”
The final allegation of bribery is under Wyoming Statute 6.5.102, which states that a person violates the law if he or she “offers, confers or agrees to confer any pecuniary benefit, testimonial, privilege or personal advantage upon a public servant as consideration for the public servant’s vote, exercise of discretion or other action in his official capacity.”
The mayor wrote in the complaint that the woman “offered to refrain from making a false report of sexual assault as consideration for me ‘working with the town council to protect women.’ ”
Jeanne Core, the attorney for the woman and a staff attorney for the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, wrote in her email that Muldoon does not know what information the DCI investigation report contains.
“He can speculate as to what it contains, but that is all he can do until it comes out,” Core wrote.
Core added, “Just because the prosecutor declined to prosecute the case does not mean that the allegation is false, it just means that they do not have evidence to prove that it is true. This is what unsubstantiated means. It is not the same thing as false. Whether the allegation is false is only conjecture until the DCI report is released.”
Core also said that her client did not do any of the things Muldoon accuses her of in his complaint, adding that having also been victimized in other instances “should have no bearing on whether or not she was sexually assaulted by [Muldoon].”
The Jackson Hole News&Guide, the Jackson Hole Daily’s sister paper, filed an open records request for the full DCI report Sept. 30. The 2018 sexual assault allegation surfaced after local political activist Gloria Courser filed an open records request, which was returned by the sheriff’s office — with guidance from the Teton County Prosecutor’s Office — containing Muldoon’s name, though the alleged victim’s name was redacted. Muldoon has since filed an Ethics Violation Complaint against County Attorney Erin Weisman with the Wyoming Bar.
Monday evening, Muldoon said he “did not come to this decision lightly” and that he “thought carefully about what this process would entail for myself, my family, and the community. Ultimately, I came to the conclusion that shining light on the full truth was the best course of action.”