Livingston County Sheriff’s Office Photograph Frank J. Wright

AVON – An Allegany County man has been arrested on numerous violent felony charges in connection with the rape and sexual abuse of children dating back to the 1980s, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation began Oct. 5, 2020, when deputies responded to a village of Avon residence for a report of sexual abuse that occurred when the caller was a young child. The victim spoke with deputies and said that she was sexually abused in the late 1990s by an individual who was known to her, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division began an investigation into the victim’s allegations, and learned of additional victims who were sexually abused and raped by the suspect dating back more than 60 years. The victims were all children at the time of the alleged crimes.

During the course of the investigation, Sheriff’s Investigators interviewed victims in New York State and traveled to meet with others outside of the state.

Frank J. Wright, 75, of Wellsville, was arrested March 25 by Sheriff’s Investigators and charged with five counts of first-degree rape, a class B felony, for crimes he is accused of committing in the town of Avon between 1987 and 1988. It is alleged that the crimes began when the victim was 12 years old, the Sheriff’s Office said.

“The case is ongoing and more charges are expected both inside our county and outside,” Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty told The Livingston County News.

Dougherty said he expects more victims will come forward after news of Wright’s arrest.

“We will always thoroughly investigate all accusations of victims,” Dougherty said.

Wright was turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention as the offense did qualify for pre-arraignment detention under the state Justice Reform Act. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the felony level charge and requested that Wright be remanded on $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond.

Wright was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at Livingston County Jail before Town of North Dansville Justice David Werth, who remanded remand Wright to the custody of the Sheriff on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

Wright was charged March 26 with an additional five counts of first-degree sodomy, a class B felony, for crimes he is accused of committing in the town of Springwater between 1992 and 1996. It is alleged that the crimes were committed against a different victim, and that the crimes began when this victim was just 5 years old, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The District Attorney’s Office was again contacted in regards to bail due to the additional felony level charges. The office again requested that Wright be remanded on $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond.

Wright was later arraigned at LC-CAP at Livingston County Jail before Justice Werth, who did remand Wright to the custody of the Sheriff on an additional $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

Wright was later charged on March 26 with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, a class D felony, and one count of second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, a class D felony for crimes he is accused of committing in the town of Avon in 1998. It is alleged that these crimes were committed against a third victim, beginning when she was 4 years old, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Wright was arraigned the following morning at LC-CAP at the Livingston County Jail before Justice Werth. The District Attorney’s Office requested Wright be remanded on $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond on the new charges. Werth did remand Wright to the custody of the Sheriff on an additional $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office was present and represented Wright at all of his arraignments. The District Attorney’s Office was notified but chose not to appear to represent the people.

Wright is being housed at Livingston County Jail awaiting his next court appearance.

Any additional victims are asked to contact the Sheriff’s office at (585) 243-7100 or (844) LCSO-TIP

The investigation was conducted by Sheriff’s Investigator Connor Sanford in coordination with Acting Criminal Investigations Division Captain Michael Williams, and other members of the division with assistance from the Patrol Division.

“The members of CID did an exceptional job and I am very proud of their efforts, Dougherty said.

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