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Lee County deputy dismissed for sexual misconduct

Posted at 11:08 PM, Aug 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-02 07:14:32-04

A Lee County deputy was fired for sexual misconduct while on the job.

The incident happened May 25th, but Deputy James Wright was terminated at the end of July after an internal affairs investigation was completed.

According to the report, Wright responded to Lehigh Regional Hospital after a 26-year-old woman said she no longer wanted treatment for injuries suffered in a fall.

Wright offered her a courtesy ride home to the Vista Palm apartments.  According to the report, Wright entered the victim's home, "physically and romantically embraced her, romantically kissed her, and touched her buttocks under her clothes."

"I'm very surprised and sad because it affects everyone," said 20-year Lehigh resident Nereiea Martinez.

She's worried the incident won't help build trust between residents and the police, especially as some are calling for more patrols to deal with rising crime.

"It's even scarier for the community, it has grown so much, we have so many people here."

The state's attorney decided not to press battery charges in Wright because there wasn't enough evidence to proceed with the case.