Missing Bremerton Girl's Dad had Previous Molestation Charge
A LEAP Alert has been issued for Jenise Paulette Wright, 6, who has been missing since Saturday night.
UPDATE/BREMERTON, WA. (AP) - The father of a missing 6-year-old Washington state girl was previously charged with molesting two girls, ages 8 and 15.
Court records show James Wright later pleaded guilty in December 2001 to a misdemeanor assault charge related to the older girl. It was not clear why the molestation charges were dropped. Prosecutors did not immediately return a call Wednesday.
Kitsap County Sheriff's Deputy Scott Wilson said authorities are aware of the charges, which happened in another county. He says the parents have cooperated with the search for Jenise Wright.
Wright was last seen Saturday night at her home. Her family reported her missing Sunday night.
A listed number for James Wright could not be found. The defense attorney who represented him on the previous charges did not return a call. PREVIOUS COVERAGE:
BREMERTON, WA. (AP) - Officers in Washington worked through the night Tuesday, asking residents of an east Bremerton mobile home park about a missing 6-year-old girl, but Jenise Wright remains missing.
Kitsap County Deputy Scott Wilson said Wednesday the initial search "surge" is over and now the case is turning into a methodical investigation.
More than 100 officers from 10 law enforcement agencies are involved, including an FBI Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team.