Human trafficking, sexual servitude suspect faces federal charges

SWEETWATER COUNTY, WYO – A Washington man arrested by county detectives and charged with Human Trafficking and Sexual Servitude of a Minor now faces federal charges.

Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell said that on Wednesday morning, the Federal Bureau of Investigation took custody of David Peter Vier, 63, at the Sweetwater County Detention Center, where he has been behind bars since his arrest on January 20. He is now facing 10 years in prison on a charge in the United States District Court in Cheyenne of Transportation with Intent To Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity.


Vier’s truck (SCSO)

On the afternoon of January 20, Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to Little America, west of Green River on Interstate 80, in response to a report of two girls hiding from a man in the restaurant there.

Lowell said Corporal Jeff Sheaman, who had monitored Wyoming Highway Patrol radio traffic describing two endangered female juveniles in a blue 2010 Dodge pickup traveling from Washington, located the two girls, age 12 and 14, as well as Vier, the man they were hiding from.

The girls told county officers they encountered Vier in Seattle, Washington. Vier, they said, drove them to Wyoming and along the way pressed them for sexual contact with him.

As described in court documents, “Vier told the girls that when they got to the motel, he was going to have sex with them.”  They “conversed and agreed that they had to run when they got to Little America because they feared they would be sexually assaulted by Vier when they arrived at the motel… When the girls escaped from Vier at Little America, they took his cellular phone with them to call for help.”

Detectives obtained a search warrant for Vier’s pickup and recovered, among other items, “multiple restraint items, including handcuffs, soft restraints, tape, and rope,” “mouth gags,” “whips,” “clamps,” “a vial of Etomidate (prescription fast-acting hypnotic tranquilizer commonly used for tracheal intubation procedures),” and a “vial of intravenous diphenhydramine (Benadryl).”

The Seattle Times reported that in 2015 Vier, a former Everett, Washington firefighter and paramedic, “pleaded guilty… to communicating with a minor for immoral purposes and two counts of second-degree promoting prostitution.” Vier was arrested during a Seattle Police Department sting operation “after he showed up at a Seattle fast-food restaurant intending to pay a juvenile girl $150 for sex” following email exchanges with—unknown to him—an undercover detective of the Seattle PD’s Vice & High Risk Victims Unit.

Lowell said Sheriff’s Office detectives are working closely with the FBI, as the investigation continues.

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