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Cheyenne man faces court for firearm possession, failure to register as sex offender

Laramie County Sheriff Vehicles (Lisa Hushbeck/Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Zakary Calley made his first court appearance on March 27, facing charges including being a felon in possession of a firearm and failing to register as a sex offender on two counts. The court set his bond at $3,000, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 3.

Deputy Jason W. Grover, of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office, outlined the circumstances leading to Calley’s arrest. Calley, born in 1995 and a registered sex offender, was convicted in 2017 for sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree. As part of a previous conviction, he is prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms, according to court documents.

On March 25, authorities were alerted to Calley potentially having a firearm. During a home visit, probation and parole agents, with Calley’s consent, searched his residence.

They discovered a Glock 17 9mm in a game room, next to his gaming chair, loaded with an 18-round magazine. Calley said all the firearms belonged to his girlfriend’s father and had earlier stated that the firearms were located in a safe in the basement.

Further investigation revealed Calley had a second cellphone with access to the internet and social media, contrary to his sex offender registration conditions. Calley spoke to officers about owning the phone and not registering it or his social media accounts with the Laramie County Sex Offender Registration Office, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The search of Calley’s home revealed more than just the unregistered firearm. Calley had multiple social media and dating site accounts he had not disclosed, violating his registration requirements.

Despite understanding these requirements, Calley failed to comply within the mandated three-business-day window following any changes. This arrest marks Calley’s first charge for failing to register as a sex offender.