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Hoonah man charged with abusing a minor

Posted: April 12, 2012 - 12:08am
Greggory C. Wright enters Juneau Superior Court for his arraignment for sexual abuse of a minor on Wednesday.  Michael Penn/Juneau Empire
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Greggory C. Wright enters Juneau Superior Court for his arraignment for sexual abuse of a minor on Wednesday.

An 18-year-old Hoonah man accused of child sex abuse entered a not guilty plea Wednesday in Juneau Superior Court.

Greggory C. Wright was indicted by a grand jury last week on one count of first-degree sex abuse of a minor for engaging in sexual penetration with a girl who is four years younger than him when Wright was 16 years old.

Wright was also indicted on two counts of second-degree sex abuse of a minor for engaging in sexual penetration with the girl in December of 2011 and January 2012.

On Wednesday, Assistant District Attorney Angie Kemp said the victim said the intercourse was not consensual.

“It isn’t a situation where it’s just an issue of age,” Kemp said.

Bail was set at $25,000.

Judge Philip Pallenberg appointed the Public Defender Agency to represent Wright, and scheduled a jury trial in July.

Each of the three felony charges against Wright can carry a maximum punishment of 99 years in prison.

Two months ago, Wright was charged with possessing and distributing child pornography for “sexting” with his then-17-year-old girlfriend. Those charges were dropped shortly thereafter.

Charging documents in the most recent case show the sexting case is unrelated and the alleged victims are not the same person.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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