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Man pleads guilty to attempted sex abuse of a minor

Greggory C. Wright, 19, to be sentenced in Hoonah in June

Posted: April 17, 2013 - 12:03am
In this file photo, Greggory C. Wright, 19, enters Juneau Superior Court for his arraignment for sexual abuse of a minor in April 2012.  Michael Penn/Juneau Empire
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In this file photo, Greggory C. Wright, 19, enters Juneau Superior Court for his arraignment for sexual abuse of a minor in April 2012.

A 19-year-old man accused of raping a girl in Hoonah has pleaded guilty to attempted sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree.

Greggory C. Wright changed his plea on the day his trial was supposed to begin in Juneau Superior Court. A 12-person jury had been selected on Monday, and opening statements and testimony were slated to begin Tuesday morning.

Instead, Wright entered into a last-minute plea deal that caps his sentence at five years. He is scheduled to be sentenced before Juneau Judge Philip Pallenberg in Hoonah on June 24.

Prosecutors said Wright had sex with the girl without her consent in January of 2012 at a residence in Hoonah. (There’s a factual dispute about whose house the assault took place in.)

The girl at the time was 13 years old while Wright was 18, which led to the sexual abuse of a minor charges.

Wright had maintained that she was “coming onto him” that night, but he couldn’t recall what happened next since he had drank too much alcohol.

Both Wright and the victim are Hoonah residents.

Attempted sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree is a class ‘B’ felony, which has a presumptive sentencing range of two to 12 years for first time felony convictions.

Wright also pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree theft for stealing or receiving stolen merchandise from a Hoonah grocery store, Colette’s Cupboard, during the same time period.

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

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