A Mountlake Terrace man was arrested last week for investigation of child rape, a foster parent’s cellphone photo of a suspicious vehicle helped investigators arrest the man at an Aberdeen motel. Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers said in a press release that the possible kidnapping and sexual assault against a 13-year-old boy was reported Thursday evening, July 11th.
The foster parent was concerned the was late, when he went to check for the boy, he saw them exiting a vehicle in the north end of Hoquiam and snapped a photo of the vehicle and license plate.
Officers learned the boy had claimed to be 18 while talking over social media with a 60-year old man from Mountlake Terrace. When the two actually met, apparently neither appeared to be the person they portrayed over social media.
Myers said the suspect drove the 13-year old to a motel in Aberdeen where the incident occurred. The child was transported to St. Peters Hospital in Olympia.
Early the next morning, detectives drove to the motel in Aberdeen where they found the suspect’s vehicle, and with assistance from Hoquiam and Aberdeen officers took the man into custody.
Evidence at the hotel suggested the man drove to Hoquiam specifically to meet with the victim for sex, and detectives were not convinced they believed the victim was actually over 18, especially after learning the suspect has education as a child psychologist. and speech-language pathologist at a King County school district.
The suspect, Robert Wayne Wright, was held in the Grays Harbor County Jail on $100,000 bond; Wright posted a bail bond on 1 count of rape of a child 2nd degree and 1 count of unlawful imprisonment and was released Tuesday afternoon pending trial. He has been court-ordered not to have contact with children under the age 18.
The state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has been notified given the suspect’s employment within a public school.
As many sexual assaults are never reported, it is critical to empower victims to report abuses to law enforcement for criminal investigation. If there are additional allegations, victims are encouraged to call the local law enforcement agency where the offense occurred.
Anyone with information regarding the Hoquiam/ Aberdeen investigation should call HPD Detective David Peterson at (360) 532-0892 extension 276; or email [email protected]