Former Milton cop arraigned on new charge

MIAMI COUNTY — A former West Milton police officer was arraigned on a new felony charge in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Monday.

Kevin Wright, 33, of West Milton, entered a plea of not guilty to one count of fifth-degree felony unauthorized use of a law enforcement database. According to Miami County Prosecutor Tony Kendell, Wright allegedly accessed the police database system while on patrol in August 2019. No other details about the incident were available as of press time. A pre-trial date of Aug. 14 was set. He posted bond from another case and was released on his own recognizance.

Wright was on unpaid administrative leave since February 2020 but resigned from the West Milton Police Department on June 4. Wright entered a plea of not guilty to three counts of first-degree rape of a minor under the age of 13 last February. Wright was represented by attorney Jay Lopez on both cases. A jury trial has been set for Aug. 17, but will likely be continued, Kendell said.

The alleged sexual assault incidents occurred from Aug. 1, 2017 to June 1, 2018; from Aug. 1, 2018 to June 1, 2019; and on Dec. 8, 2019. The victim is 12 years old.

In the rape case, Wright is to have no contact with the victim in any manner, not to leave the state of Ohio, not to change his address without notification, to abide by a curfew of 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. and to report to pre-trial services weekly by phone. In the unauthorized use of property case, Judge Stacy Wall ordered Wright not to have any access to law enforcement databases, even by a third party, as part of his pre-trial conditions on top of those already ordered.

Wright was also a police officer in Covington prior to being employed at West Milton.