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Baldwin man accused of sex act against girl at Kennywood

Megan Guza
| Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, 3:12 p.m.
A man, later identified as James Wright, 39, of Baldwin Borough, is accused of committing an act of indecent assault and open lewdness against a teenager girl at Kennwyood Park July 31, 2017.
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A man, later identified as James Wright, 39, of Baldwin Borough, is accused of committing an act of indecent assault and open lewdness against a teenager girl at Kennwyood Park July 31, 2017.

Police charged a Baldwin Borough man Thursday in the indecent assault of a teenage girl at Kennywood Park in August, court records show.

James Wright, 39, is charged with two counts each of stalking, indecent assault, indecent exposure, unlawful contact with a minor and invasion of privacy, as well as one count each of corruption of minors, open lewdness and harassment.

Police began looking for Wright on July 31 after a 13-year-old reported that an unknown man committed a sex offense against her while she was at the amusement park.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Wright, the 13-year-old girl and her 12-year-old friend were in line for the Log Jammer ride when Wright got in line behind them and kept moving closer to the teenage girl. Police said he exposed himself and put his genitals on the teenager's leg.

He ran from the ride once he got to the front of the line, police said.

Security footage showed Wright following the children from one area of the park to the Log Jammer, according to the complaint. It then showed him walking quickly through the park about at 7 p.m., immediately after the alleged incident at the Log Jammer happened.

Investigators released surveillance footage after the alleged incident and asked for the public's help in identifying Wright. Police said numerous callers reported the unknown suspect as Wright.

DNA collected from the victim's sock and shoe matched Wright's, according to police. A search of his cell phone allegedly turned up photos of the legs and feet of prepubescent girls taken at Kennywood on July 31. One photo shows shoes and socks determined to be that of the two girls in line for the Log Jammer.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-8519, mguza@tribweb.com or via Twitter @meganguzaTrib.

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