Riverton man facing child endangerment and drug charges

    All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

    Andrew Pursel, 38, of Riverton is facing 3 counts of endangering children and 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance.

    According to court documents, on June 21st Fremont County Sheriff’s performed a welfare check at Pursel’s residence. Sheriff’s and members of the Department of Family Services believed Pursel to be under the influence of a controlled substance after interviewing him.


    Court documents show that Pursel told authorities he had used methamphetamine approximately one hour before the welfare check. Documents show there were small children at the home at the time of the visit and the drug use.

    A Sheriff’s Deputy also recorded in court documents finding methamphetamine, marijuana, various drug paraphernalia, syringes, various firearms, knives, gun powder, bullets, and casings in different areas through the household.

    On July 9th, Pursel waived his preliminary hearing. The matter will be transferred to District Court for further proceedings and arraignment at a later date.

    Pursel is charged with,

    • 3 Counts of Endangering Children (Felonies) – Each punishable by up to 5 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000.
    • 2 Counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Misdemeanor) – Each publishable by up to 1 year of imprisonment and a fine of up to $1,000



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