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$170k Bail for ex-BLM Boss Child Sex Charges in NV

Story by Jaclyn O’Malley of

Wenker faces four felony counts — two each for child sexual assault and lewdness

Ronald Wenker, 64, appears during Friday video arraignment at Washoe County Jail. He was given a bail of $170,000 on two counts each of child sex abuse and lewdness with a child. Wenker retired last year as the Nevada Bureau of Land Management chief and had previously run the entire agency in Washington, D.C., during the Bush-Obama transition. / Jaclyn O’Malley/RGJ

During his 40-year career with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Ronald Wenker was a top government official who made statewide and national decisions on land issues.

But, on Friday morning, the 64-year-old sat in a room full of accused criminals at Washoe County Jail, where he made his first court appearance during a video arraignment.

Reno Justice of the Peace Patricia Lynch granted Wenker $170,000 bail on two counts each of sexual abuse of a child and lewdness with a child. He had been in custody since Tuesday without bail.

Wenker’s arrest stemmed from the alleged sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl who told sheriff’s deputies he had been sexually abusing her since she was 8.

During an interview with investigators, Wenker described molesting the girl over the years and said he thought she was enjoying the abuse as much as he was, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in support of his arrest. He said the girl was attractive, and he had been fighting his sexual urges for her for years. He said he regularly got tested by places like and was always negative.

The girl’s brother prompted the criminal investigation Monday night, the court document revealed. Her older brother caught Wenker allegedly molesting the girl in Wenker’s bedroom and later videotaped Wenker allegedly abusing his sister under a blanket as the trio and Wenker’s wife all sat together on a couch watching the 2012 London Olympics on television. During the first incident, Wenker told the boy “nothing” was going on and left his bedroom.

The boy called 911 after his sister disclosed the abuse upon his questioning, the document said. The girl also told Wenker’s wife about the ongoing assaults that occurred at the couple’s Hidden Valley home since 2007.

Wenker’s attorney and wife had no comment on the case. Wenker has declined media requests for an interview. National and state BLM offices also have declined comment.

During his tenure with the BLM, Wenker was the chief in Colorado and Nevada and, in 2009, ran the entire agency in Washington, D.C., during the Bush-Obama transition. He retired last year as Nevada’s BLM chief.

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  1. Most of these Scumbags are Sickos one way or another Dog-Wardens generally suffer similiarly.
    Unfortunately only Karma takes care of Animal-Lovers interests.
    Bye-Bye Wanker I mean Wenker.


  2. This guy is a very sick man……. He will get help when he enters prison, which is where he belonged a long time ago…….. I am sure he will find inmates there that will be ever so happy to help him out and deal with his problems………….. !!!!


  3. He ran the entire BLM for a while. This is the face of the BLM. Abusers in denial. He should not get bail. Throw him in with Sandusky and throw away the key. You can bet this is not the only child this man has molested in his life. He probably has been doing this to children his entire life, just like Sandusky.


    • Now that one has accused him, we will likely see others stepping forward. Pedophiles are rarely an only- one-child abuser. I think his wife should be charged right along with him. No way that she didn’t know!


      • Very rare if this is the only child he molested. I would love it if they chased him with a helicopter in 100 degree heat over rocks and lava for miles and miles, then shipped him to prison for life.


  4. If he can molest a 14 yr old and it doesn’t bother him, I guess that is why they, blm, pick people like hem to molest, abuse & kill our horses and burros,. It doesn’t bother him.


  5. What a total dirt bag. I suppose our generous government will continue giving him a pension for life even if he is convicted.



    Hardly Any Wild Horses Left in Nevada Alleged
    August 10, 2012
    By Steven Long
    HOUSTON, (Horseback) – An anonymous note was slipped to Horseback late Friday that has the ring of truth about it. The note alleges that a massive flyover of vast areas of Nevada revealed only 18 horses in the eastern part of the state and few in western sections. Huge numbers of truck tracks were observed indicating massive removal of animals from the land. The note reads:
    “Just got off the telephone this morning. We have had Fly-overs, in particular BLM Public Lands, especially in Nevada — Our findings are startling. After logging 84 Hours of air-time in Nevada, for example, we found approximately 18 wild horses in the eastern section of Nev., and only a couple of dozen in the western section of this same state.
    We used Operative Aerial Search and Recover meth
    odds of flight standards. We also located many heavy-truck and many large trailer tire marks (a few trucks rather than just one or two trucks and trailers) around a couple of extremely remote lake beds and lakes, with large activity of loading/unloading or both being very active and within the past few months, and especially within the past few weeks (judgement call here from professional trackers).
    This provides us with evidence, further evidence on the way here, that everything the BLM gives to the public, below, is false on this particular infor sheet! And their counts and assumptions are FALSE in TOTAL (as further evidence already available demonstrates).
    We need a count of the storage corrals currently, and the horses being held within those corrals, as falsification of Government Documents is a Felony Offense. Also we need more ariel observations over the vast amount of Public Lands and of Wild Horse Herds currently available and counted — In reality, folks, there may be hardly any Wild Horses left on non-visible-to-the-public BLM land, as no one has done fly overs in years, other than BLM or DOI. We are currently in contact with government officials and law enforcement.”


    • Another devasting account of our wild ones…the horrific roundups continue and we’re losing them more and more everyday! A full scale investigation should be implemented immediately, if justice is to prevail for our wild horses and the American people. Yet, another, heartbreaking story!


      • Heartbreaking, we cannot allow this any longer, but what can we do, nothing stops the BLM useless poor excuses of Humans !!! Lieing , murdering, maiming is their forte , with no consequences !!!!!!!!!


    Excerpts from an article in AMERICAN HERDS…2009

    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2009
    What’s Left?
    As the united call to stop BLMs unchecked assault on the American mustang & burro continues to gain momentum, with over 180 organizations and celebrities now supporting a moratorium to halt any further removals until key issues can be resolved, here’s one more reason to demand a “cease and desist” until a full scale investigation can be conducted on the Wild Horse & Burro Program to determine what’s really left out on the range.

    Since 2001, BLM has reported removing over 80,000 wild horses and burros at an average of 10,000 animals per year. Despite these aggressive efforts, they continue to report little to no impact has been made on reining in their “excess” populations, a nebulous term BLM continues to define and an even more elusive goal they never seem able to achieve.

    Still, the round ups continued….

    Until Congress demands an independent count of the populations BLM has been reporting, both on and off the range, the evidence continues to mount that “What’s Left?” has reached critical levels of concern.


  8. This is totally disheartening….

    Obama, you had the power and you let this happen! And we trusted that you would NOT let this happen!!!

    Now, you have provided that there be no public observation and no notice of roundup dates…. $$$ by the head to contractors and that is that!~!!!???

    YOU HAVE NO OARS, and much space between your ears!

    Should I say more!?


  9. Dear Grandma Gregg , I like burning at the stake best…………. Or should we ask the Wild Mustangs which one they would prefer?????????


  10. Let’s hope he doesn’t get out on bail….he should go right to jail and never see the light of day! Molesting children, abusing our horses, while working for the BLM! All innocent victims, horrible and very, very sad.


  11. Put these BLM employees in prison and strip them of their pensions and any other benefits they may be entitled to receive. Employees of this agency exemplify everything that is wrong with America. They have attempted to deceive Congress and have based federal funding for their mismanagement of our wild horses and burros on several premises that do not exist. This agency has lied to Congress and to the American public with impunity. It is time for the American taxpayer and wild horse and burro lovers as well as any American who values truth, honor, fiscal responsibility, and humane treatment of animals to see these law breakers get the full force of the law for violating the public trust.


      • Arlene the responsibility ;lies pure and simply with Barack Obama,he is quite happy to Murder every living creature on the planet to get re-elected.


      • Dear Christie !!! I know , he wants it at all the Horses expense, and wolves and to numerous to mention here………….. I have called the comment line hundreds of times leaving that message to Obama….. …………….I keep telling him he has 2 things to do immediately correct the signing of the Horse Slaughter lifting the Ban, and stop the needless , tax wasting BLM from round ups there is no foundation or validity for !!!!!!!!!!


    • Christie it is not with one Paediophile it lies pure and simply with Barack Obama,who is far too busy worrying about being re-elected,I am not a Romney-man for my part get rid of the whole bunch,but stop beleiving that congress gives a shxt,they also want re-election,so they can keep their dirty paws in the cookie-jar.


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