Strattanville man to stand trial in child-rape case

Charges against a Strattanville man accused of raping a young girl were bound over to court after his brief hearing before District Judge Duane L. Quinn on Tuesday.

The charges against Ricky Glenn Wright, 32, stem from an investigation initiated by Western PA Cares for Kids and Clarion state police earlier this month.

State Trooper Katherine Berggren said she did not participate in a forensic interview, which was held at Western PA Cares For Kids on June 3, but reviewed the tape of the interview.

The victim said during the interview that Wright was physically and sexually accosting her.

Berggren said the victim used anatomically correct dolls and pictures to portray Wright’s actions.

Berggren testified the victim was subjected to unwanted physical touching by Wright, as well as sexual assault multiple times between April 24 and May 12 in a Clarion Township residence.

Berggren said Wright denied allegations of abuse.

Wright faces charges of the rape of a child, a first-degree felony; statutory sexual assault of a child 11 years old, a first-degree felony; involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, a first-degree felony; second-degree felony charges of sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault with a person less than 13 years of age; a third-degree felony charge of corruption of minors; and misdemeanor charges of indecent assault on a person less than 13 years of age and endangering the welfare of children.

Quinn bound all charges over to the Court of Common Pleas and denied a defense motion to reduce bail from $75,000.

Wright was returned to the Clarion County Jail.