• Missing Bremerton girl's father previously investigated for molestation

    By: Kevin McCarty


    BREMERTON, Wash. - The father of a missing Bremerton girl was once charged with molesting his then 8 year-old stepdaughter.

    KIRO 7 has obtained court records from Whatcom County showing James Wright was accused of child molestation and fourth-degree assault in 1999. He later pleaded guilty to the assault charge, the molestation charges were dropped.
    Kitsap County sheriff's investigators say Wright and his wife Denise have both submitted to a polygraph, or lie detector test. The results have not been made public but both are said to be cooperating with the search and investigation.
    Two of the Wright's children, ages 8 and 12, have been removed from the home by state Child Protective Services due to what's described as "probable cause developed during the investigation." No other details have been released.
    More than 100 people are searching for Jenise Wright. Investigators are conducting a house to house search of the mobile home park where she lives and obtaining search warrants to search individual homes when needed.
    So far no sign of the girl has been found.

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