Sexual assault victim agrees to plea deal

June 19, 2000|By MARLO BARNHART

Saying she only wanted an admission of guilt, the victim of a workplace sexual assault agreed to a plea agreement Monday of probation before judgment for her assailant.

Donald R. Wright Jr., 28, of 118 Elm St., pleaded guilty to one count of fourth-degree sex offense in Washington County Circuit Court. Assault and false imprisonment charges were dropped in exchange for the plea.

Noting that Wright had no criminal record, Circuit Judge Kennedy Boone agreed to the plea agreement and granted probation before judgment.

Boone levied a $300 fine and ordered Wright to have no contact with the victim during his three years on probation.


The July 13, 1999, incident occurred at a Hagerstown convenience store where both Wright and the victim were working, according to Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Duane Gigeous.

While both were in the stock room, Wright grabbed the victim, pinned her against a wall and forced his hand into her pants, Gigeous said.

At that point, the victim said, Wright asked her for sex and when she refused, he threatened her with the loss of her job, Gigeous said.

The victim agreed to touch Wright's genital area but then left the stock room when a buzzer went off, indicating that a clerk was needed at the counter, Gigeous said.

Once out of the stock room, the victim left work and went to a bond commissioner's office at Washington County District Court where she filed charges against Wright.

"She said she just needed the admission to put this behind her," Gigeous said. "And she asked that there be no contact."

Wright answered Boone's questions but was otherwise silent.

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