CHEYENNE – A local dentist has pleaded guilty to federal charges of negligently causing the release of asbestos.
Richard Cutler, who owns New Image Dental in downtown Cheyenne, will serve three years of supervised probation and perform at least 120 hours of community service. He will also pay $25,000 in fines, $2,225 in restitution and a $25 special assessment, according to a news release issued Tuesday by the office of Wyoming’s U.S. attorney, Mark Klaassen.
The sentence stems from charges related to the renovation of the building now occupied by New Image Dental.
In 2013, Cutler bought the building at 2100 Pioneer Ave., which previously housed the Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities offices, with the intention of using the space for his dental practice.
But an early inspection of the building revealed the presence of asbestos.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, asbestos is a mineral fiber that was