Edward Wright

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. March 25 for Edward Wright, the Bradford business owner accused of having sexual contact with a female juvenile at his place of business.

Wright, 68, of 88 Pear St., is charged with corruption of minors, a third-degree felony; corruption of minors, a first-degree misdemeanor; three counts each of indecent assault without consent and indecent assault with a victim less than 16, all second-degree misdemeanors.

A hearing has been scheduled before District Judge Dom Cercone. Wright is currently out on bail, having posted a surety bond of $75,000 on Feb. 20, the day after his arrest by Bradford City Police.

He is represented by Bradford attorney Greg Henry.

According to court records, a juvenile female reported to Bradford City Police that during November and December 2018, Wright touched her inappropriately on several occasions while making remarks of a sexual nature, and comments “made to prevent resistance” and to prevent her from reporting the contact.

Wright allegedly told the child that she “might want to be in a relationship with him when (she) turns 18” and that he is “a sex addict,” the criminal complaint stated. He told the juvenile that “harm could come his way” if she reported it to anyone, the complaint alleged, and apologized to her for making her feel “uncomfortable.”

The criminal complaint noted that Wright has past convictions for similar conduct in which the victims were students at Bradford Area High School.

Beginning in 1979, Wright was employed as the Bradford Area High School Marching Owls band director. Court records at the time alleged that between February 1981 and February 1986, Wright sexually assaulted several female band members.

In November 1986, Wright was sentenced to a period of probation after pleading guilty to three counts of corruption of minors, four counts of indecent assault and three counts of indecent exposure, all of which involved four former band students.

Wright owns and operates Wright’s Music Shed with locations in Bradford and in Warren, and was offering music lessons at the stores.

The store was opened in 1986 as “a school specialty store … servicing most of the area schools.”