Wright pleads guilty

November 23, 2011

Joshua Wright

An emotional crowd gathered at the 32nd Judicial District Courtroom on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, during pre-trial proceedings presided over by Judge Glen Harrison.
One guilty plea was entered during that time, prosecuted by District Attorney Ann Reed and Assistant District Attorney Barrett Thomas. Joshua Wright, with attorney Lynn Ingalsbee, pled guilty to indecency with a child by contact, a second degree felony. According to court documents, on or about Aug. 14, 2009, Wright touched the genitals of the victim, a child under 17 years of age, as well as the genitals of his brother, also a child under 17 years of age.
The defendant wept as he was questioned by the state, his attorney and Judge Harrison. The father of the children gave victim impact statements, reading a letter to the defendant from each child. The father also spoke directly to the defendant, "I don't know what to say. You changed our lives forever," he began. "The pain, stress, shame and hurt that you put my family through are indescribable. You were family to us and we trusted you with our most prized possessions. You not only betrayed our trust, but that of many people at our church."
Wright is the former music minister at a local church in which the victims and their family are members.
"We didn't realize that a broken heart could hurt so bad," the father continued. "We feel that we failed in protecting our children and it took us a long time to get over the guilt. Our world came crashing down and you were the cause. We want to hate you, but we don't — we feel bad for you and your family."
After the victim impact statements were given, Judge Harrison read the punishment — arranged by the DA and the defendant's attorney, which the DA stated was discussed with the victims' families — was read to the court. Wright was sentenced to 10 years of deferred adjudication probation. He is also responsible for paying a $4,000 fine and $743 in court costs and will have to serve 240 hours of community service. He will have to register as a sex offender for the next 10 years.
In deferred adjudication probation, a defendant is placed on a probation for a certain period of time. If the probation is successfully completed, the case is dismissed. A defendant will enter a guilty plea, but the judge does not find the defendant guilty and instead defers the finding of guilt. Pleading guilty for deferred adjudication is not considered a conviction under Texas law. A criminal background check will show the arrest for the charge, will show the deferred adjudication, but it will not show a conviction.
If a defendant violates probation while on deferred adjudication in a case such as this, the judge can sentence the defendant to up to 10 years in prison. If Wright does not violate his probation after 10 years, he will no longer have to register as a sex offender.
In this case, the defendant was never arrested and was only booked the day of court, spending no time in jail. Learning this, Judge Harrison sentenced Wright to 14 days in jail and Wright was immediately remanded to the Nolan County Jail.


Same Old Thing!!

May 20, 2012 by pmaxy12 (not verified), 3 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 580

As is always the case, our probabtion judge has done it again. He has,t the guts to stand up and do the right thing DA or not and punish someone who abuses children. This is why our (glad I moved) little ville, no where ville, is the attraction for drugies, theifs, and child molesters.

COME TO SWEETWATER, THE PROBABTION CAPITAL OF THE WORLD. There is sure a need for someother type of "justice" (or judge) in this little place.

This is just. Anyone who

November 30, 2011 by Alexandra (not verified), 3 years 38 weeks ago
Comment: 352

This is just. Anyone who finds guilty shall face the punishment given. Syracuse University announced Sunday that the contract of assistant men's basketball coach Bernie Fine has been ended amongst a child molestation scandal. Fine, who will turn 66 in Dec., has been charged by three individuals. Businesses like the Survivor's Network for Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) have called for Syracuse University to also reprimand head instructor Jim Boeheim. Read more here: http://www.newsytype.com/13688-syracuse-bernie-fine-molestation/

Victim's call

November 26, 2011 by Sweetwater Sam (not verified), 3 years 39 weeks ago
Comment: 349

There is always more to the story. Yes, the DA proposes the sentence and the judge has the authority to reject it. However, the law requires that the victim (or guardian, if a child) be consulted on the plea agreement, if one is reached. To require that a child victim testify in a trial of this sort abuses the child a second time. If this met with the agreement of the parent's of the child, who are we - on the outside - to complain?

It disgusts me that this man

November 24, 2011 by mistyann74 (not verified), 3 years 39 weeks ago
Comment: 347

It disgusts me that this man only got probation....in this town u have to sell drugs to get put in prison for a ungodly amount of time but he gets to eat dinner with his family enjoy a warm bed and watch tv ....makes u wonder if the victims matter at all becu this is something they will carry for the rest of their lives and unless they get counciling there is no hope of having a heaththy relationship because a child molester creates generations of victims

Don't blame the judge..........

November 24, 2011 by thepragmatist (not verified), 3 years 39 weeks ago
Comment: 346

pmaxy....The article clearly stated that the punishment had been determined by an agreement between the D.A. and the defense attorney in exchange for his plea of guilty. The judge had no voice here, and most likely,in many other cases that result in probation or deferred adjudication. Perhaps you should direct your outrage at the D.A.'s office for allowing this kind of plea deal. I agree wholeheartedly that this guy should pay a much more severe price for his crimes.

therpra.....what ever

November 25, 2011 by pmaxy12 (not verified), 3 years 39 weeks ago
Comment: 348

Look at the probabtion judge record, his "voice" all too often is PROBABTION!!! Every week!!!

National Attention

November 23, 2011 by yourkidding (not verified), 3 years 39 weeks ago
Comment: 343

You can bet your bottom dollar if this pervert was a Catholic Priest it would be all over the national news, but because he is a "music minister" at a Babtist church it will not even leave the state of Texas.

This is very sad story, to be

November 23, 2011 by countrygirl51 (not verified), 3 years 39 weeks ago
Comment: 342

This is very sad story, to be sure, but I hope people will note that things like this happen in other churches, also, not just the Catholic church. May God bless everyone involved in this case.

Right on

November 23, 2011 by yourkidding (not verified), 3 years 39 weeks ago
Comment: 344

Oh my can you just think about the outcry if this had gone down at Immaculate Heart Of Mary.


November 23, 2011 by pmaxy12 (not verified), 3 years 39 weeks ago
Comment: 341

I have seen it all. Time after time our probabtion judge lets off drug dealers and theives and cheats but now he he lets off a child molester. Probabtion and then off the record like it never happened. New low for our wonderful 32nd district court, time for a new judge.

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