Laramie County Governmental Complex on 20th Street in Cheyenne. WTE/file

CHEYENNE – A local man pleaded guilty Monday afternoon in Laramie County District Court to sex abuse of a minor because he had sex with a 16-year-old girl in a car.

Cody McLendon pleaded guilty per a plea agreement to one count of sex abuse of a minor. He was originally charged with two counts of sex abuse of a minor. His sentencing is scheduled for December.

According to court documents:

On Feb. 19, 2018, a Cheyenne police officer noticed a suspicious vehicle rocking back and forth. When the officer approached the vehicle, he saw two nude people having sex, later identified as Cody McLendon and the 16-year-old girl.

McLendon was 22 years old at the time of the incident. The officer said McLendon admitted to having sexual relations with the girl multiple times since she was 14 years old.

Also in Laramie County District Court on Monday:

Mykle Johnson pleaded not guilty to two counts of theft over $1,000, and his trial is scheduled for Jan. 14.

Johnson allegedly stole a Dodge Ram pickup and a Toro Trencher from Herc Rentals in Cheyenne. An employee at Herc Rentals notified Cheyenne police when Johnson never returned the items July 7, 2017, according to court documents.

Police later discovered Johnson pawned the Toro Trencher at Mister Money in Fort Collins, Colorado, for $1,500. The Toro Trencher was worth $12,000, and the Dodge Ram was worth $20,000, according to court documents.

Tyreese Reed was seen in district court for violating his probation when he allegedly missed one drug test and tested positive in another drug test.

His defense attorney said he plans on admitting to the violation and applying to drug court, per his conversations with the state. His disposition is scheduled for Oct. 7.

According to previous WTE reporting:

Reed was originally arrested for child endangerment when the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation found a 9-month-old in his home where he was suspected to be dealing drugs.

Officers investigating the case received a tip that Reed was selling methamphetamine. When officers searched the home, they found 13.6 grams of methamphetamine and an “overwhelming odor of burnt marijuana ... and that (the child’s) hair smelled strongly of burnt marijuana.”

Kolten Lackey pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault and battery, possession of an open alcohol container in a moving vehicle, fleeing or attempting to elude police and reckless endangering when he allegedly sped away from police in his car.

His trial is scheduled for Jan. 14.

Defense attorney Brian Quinn argued for Lackey’s current $3,000 bond to be reduced. He said Lackey has ties to the community, and some of the facts of the case are disputed.

Prosecuting attorney Angela Dougherty said Lackey is a risk to the community, and he has a history of failing to appear in court. She also said the only thing that’s changed for Lackey is his desire to be out of jail.

District Judge Thomas Campbell said Lackey has a right to be out of jail and on bond, but kept Lackey’s bond at $3,000.

According to court documents:

On June 8, Cheyenne police pursued Lackey in a car chase after a call came in for a wanted suspect. Lackey had an open bottle of whiskey between his legs that officers saw before he sped off.

Lackey abandoned his car after the chase, and police were unable to find him at that time. He was arrested Aug. 6 by Laramie County Sheriff’s deputies.

Isabella Alves is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s criminal justice reporter. She can be reached at or 307-633-3128. Follow her on Twitter @IsabellaAlves96.

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