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DEVELOPING: Childcare Center Volunteer Arrested for Child Rape

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police Sexual Assault Unit Detectives arrested a man Monday afternoon for 1st degree Rape of a Child and 1st degree Child Molestation. The suspect, Eugene R. Wright, was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail.

According to Police, Detective Stephanie Barkley determined a five year old female had been fondled by "teacher Grandpa" (Wright) while attending the Early Head Start program this summer. During nap time, Wright touched the young girl in her genital areas, as well as taking her hand and placing it on his genitals.

Wright was a volunteer at the Big Foot Head Start Childcare Center at Spokane Community College (1810 N. Greene St.) from the end of June through mid-August, 2010. He described his responsibilities as playing and reading with children from the ages of four to nine years old. As soon as the touching incident was reported, Wright was relieved of his volunteer work.

Through her investigation, Detective Barkley learned about the volunteer opportunities for those on disability or fixed incomes can apply for. The volunteer ultimately works for a stipend through Catholic Charities. Routine background information is gathered so that volunteers can be placed in safe environments. The Foster Grandparent volunteer position within the Early Head Start program was available and staff members conducted the proper background investigations. In this particular case, there was nothing in Wright's background that would prevent him from volunteering at the day care facility.

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