Girl testifies against former West Milton police officer on trial for rape

Kevin C. Wright, 33, of West Milton has pleaded not guilty to felony rape of a person under age 18 and is on trial in county Common Pleas Court.
Kevin C. Wright, 33, of West Milton has pleaded not guilty to felony rape of a person under age 18 and is on trial in county Common Pleas Court.

Credit: Miami County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Miami County Sheriff's Office

A Miami County jury continues to hear evidence in the rape trial of a former West Milton police officer.

Kevin C. Wright, 33, of West Milton has pleaded not guilty to felony rape of a person younger than 18 and is on trial in county Common Pleas Court.

The rape charge accused Wright of engaging in sexual conduct with another between Aug. 1, 2017, and June 1, 2018; Aug. 1, 2018, to June 1, 2019; and Dec. 8, 2019. The child was between the ages of 10 and 12 during the alleged offenses, according to the indictment.

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The girl, now 13, told jurors Tuesday she made a comment in December 2019 to a friend who told school officials of suspected abuse. School officials talked with the girl and called police. The case was investigated by sheriff’s detectives.

" I didn’t want it to happen anymore,” the girl said of her comment to the friend.

Wright had been with the West Milton Police Department since September 2018. He previously worked with the Covington Police Department. He was placed on paid administrative leave when an investigation began in December 2019. He was placed on unpaid administrative leave when the indictment was served in 2020. He has since resigned from the department, Police Chief Harry Busse said.

Wright is free after posting bail.

In opening statements Monday, county Prosecutor Tony Kendell said evidence would show Wright engaged in sexual conduct with the girl beginning when she was 10. This activity continued until late 2019 when the girl disclosed the abuse, he said.

Defense lawyer Jay Lopez said the girl had been disciplined in the past for not telling the truth. Prosecutors believe the girl’s story but don’t have the evidence to corroborate it, he said.

“Kevin will testify and tell you all the reasons this cannot be possible,” Lopez said.