Deputies: Man arrested facing more than 10 counts of child sex abuse, rape charges dating back to the 1980s

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Updated: April 01, 2021 05:11 PM
Created: April 01, 2021 12:49 PM

AVON, N.Y. (WHEC)— The Livingston County Sheriffs Office Thursday announced the arrest of a man on numerous child sex abuse charges, with accused offenses dating back to the 1980s.

In a release, deputies say they arrested and charged Frank Wright, 75 of Allegany County last Thursday. 

INITIAL CALL REVEALS SURVIVORS

On October 5, 2020, deputies went to a home in the Village of Avon for the report of sexual abuse that occurred when the caller was a young child. The caller told deputies she was sexually abused in the late 1990s by an individual who was known to her. 

This sparked an investigation of the allegations by the  Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division. Through its work, the division learned of additional surivors who say they were sexually abused and raped by Wright dating back over 60 years.

Deputies report the victims were all children at the time of the alleged crimes. During the course of the investigation, Investigators interviewed survivors in New York State and also traveled to meet with other people outside of the state.   

That's when police were eventually led to and arrested Wright.

A HISTORY OF ALLEGED ABUSE LEADS TO CHARGES

On March 25, Wright was arrested and charged with five counts of felony Rape in the First Degree for crimes deputies say he committed in the Town of Avon between 1987 and 1988.  It is alleged that the crimes began when the victim was 12 years old.  

On March 26, Wright was charged with an additional five counts of felony Sodomy in the First Degree for crimes he committed in the Town of Springwater between 1992 and 1996. Deputies say these crimes were committed against a separate survivor and that the crimes began when this person was just five years old.

Later that day, Wright was charged with two counts of felony Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and one count of felony Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the Second Degree for crimes deputies say he committed in the Town of Avon in 1998. Deputies say Wright sexually abused a third survivor, beginning when she was four.

"Sometimes as young as 4 years old all the way up to about the age of 13, and he would select his victims," Capt. Mike Williams said. "They were victims that were known to him without getting too much details they were known to him, and he would go through the typical grooming process."

Wright was arraigned several times at the Livingston County Jail.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

Wright is currently being housed at the Livingston County Jail, he's being held on bail as he awaits his next court appearance. 

Deputies say the investigation remains ongoing and additional charges are expected.  Any additional victims are asked to contact the Sheriff’s office at 585-243-7100 or 844.LCSO.TIP 


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