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Teen testifies in rape trial of Waddington man

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CANTON — Sitting stone-faced in a black shirt and tie, Patrick R. Wright listened Wednesday as the 16-year-old accusing him of rape recounted the events that led up to the Waddington man’s trial in St. Lawrence County Court.

Wright, 31, of 158 Tiernan Road, Waddington, is charged with first-degree rape, third-degree rape, three counts of first-degree criminal sexual act, three counts of third-degree criminal sexual act, acting in a manner injurious to a child and first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child.

The alleged victim, who was 15 at the time, testified that at about 11 p.m. on Feb. 2, 2013, she had gone to Wright’s mother’s home at 169 Tiernan Road after receiving a text message from him asking her if she wanted to hang out.

When she arrived, she said, there were three empty tall beer cans upside down in the kitchen sink, and he had a fourth in his hand. He handed her a cigarette, she said, offered her a vodka-based drink and during the course of the evening smoked “six bowls” of marijuana, she said.

The teen told St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary E. Rain that she had considered Wright a big brother and had been comfortable with him. She testified that he had been providing her with cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana for two years, since she was 13.

The teen testified that after 3 drinks, she told Wright that she began to feel sick and her legs were “tingly.”

“He came over and sat next to me on the couch, and he took my cellphone and tossed it on another couch,” she said. “I felt vulnerable. He held my right hand and he tried to kiss me.”

The teen said that she tried to pull away from Wright but that he was relentless and she screamed.

“He told me no one would hear me and that screaming was useless,” she said.

During testimony, the teen fidgeted and her voice shook as she recounted graphic details of the incident.

She said Wright held her arms down, pulled down her pajama pants and forced oral sex and sexual intercourse.

“I told him to stop, that I didn’t want to do that, and he just chuckled,” she said. “I told him to stop and that it hurt, and he just went harder and harder.”

He forced himself on her so hard, she said, that the queen-size, pull-out couch shifted about 4 feet across the living room.

“When he was done, he told me that if I told anyone he would hurt me and anyone I told,” she said.

The teen said she knew Wright had several knives, one of which he carried in his truck.

At 3 a.m., she said, Wright went into the bathroom. She grabbed her clothing and fled.

The following Monday she told a friend at school what happened. It was not until Easter Sunday, March 31, that she told her parents and filed a complaint with state police in Massena.

State police Investigator Leslie A. Loran testified that she interviewed Wright at the barracks April 1.

Ms. Loran said that Wright told her he had consumed six or seven drinks that afternoon and that he was “relaxed” throughout the interview. At 10:47 p.m. she read him his Miranda rights against self-incrimination.

At that point it had been almost two months since the alleged rape, and Ms. Loran said no photographic or forensic evidence had been collected.

Ms. Loran testified that after interviewing with the alleged victim, she urged her to go to the hospital for a check-up.

“It was two months since the alleged crime,” Ms. Loran said. “Evidence of DNA was long gone, and there would have been nothing that we could have recovered.”

Closing statements in the trial are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday, after which jury deliberations will begin. Wright’s release on bail was continued.

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