Jackson County minister indicted on multiple counts of rape

JACKSON, Ohio (WCMH)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that a Jackson County Grand Jury has indicted an Ohio minister on 15 felony charges related to the sexual assaults of two juveniles and an adult.

Dennis Wright, 67, of Oak Hill, is charged with seven counts of rape, two counts of sexual battery, two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, three counts of gross sexual imposition, and one count of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance.

DeWine’s office said Wright most recently worked as a minister to a small congregation on State Route 93 outside of Oak Hill where two of the victims, a juvenile and an adult, were parishioners.

Wright is accused of assaulting the juvenile on multiple occasions between 2012 and 2015 and assaulting the adult, whose ability to resist or consent was substantially impaired, on multiple occasions between 2009 and 2010.

The investigation, which was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), also uncovered a third victim who was 10 years old when Wright allegedly attacked the child between 1989 and 1990.

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