Man took indecent liberties with a child 31 years ago, Cary police say in warrant

Jay Robert Wright
Jay Robert Wright CCBI

A 49-year-old Raleigh man surrendered to authorities Monday after Cary police charged him with taking indecent liberties with a child when he was 17 and 18 years old.

Jay Robert Wright, a musician who has taught periodically at William Peace University, surrendered at the Wake County Detention Center and was booked on a warrant accusing him of two counts of taking indecent liberties with a boy between June 1, 1986, and Aug. 1, 1987.

The child was 6 and 7 years old during that period, according to an arrest warrant that a Cary police detective obtained Friday. The child was male, police said.

The language in state law about taking indecent liberties refers in part to carrying out or trying to carry out “a lewd and lascivious act upon or with the body or any part or member of the body of any child.”

That is the language police used in charging Wright. The charge is a felony.

Capt. Randall Rhyne, head of investigations for Cary police, said a person involved in the incident “reached out to us” recently and talked with detectives.

Detectives “found consistency in the allegations” and talked with Wright, then decided there were grounds to file the charges, Rhyne said.

Wright and the boy both lived in Cary at the time, the captain said.

North Carolina has no statute of limitations on sex crimes.

Peace University issued a statement that said, “We have just become aware of Mr. Wright’s arrest stemming from an alleged incident in the mid-1980s. Mr. Wright previously served as an adjunct instructor, periodically teaching courses since 2011 on a part-time basis. Mr. Wright is not a current employee of William Peace University.”

Wright is listed as one of the pianists accompanying senior students in a musical show last December called “Hired.”

The credits in the program for that show say Wright had been musical director at one time for the North Carolina Theatre Conservatory in Raleigh.

Wright posted $1,500 bail after his arrest and was released.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT