WEST MIFFLIN (KDKA) — A man has been arrested for committing a lewd act on a teenage girl at Kennywood back in July.
West Mifflin Police say 39-year-old James Wright, of Baldwin, was arrested Thursday.
At the end of July, a 13-year-old girl said she was in line for the Log Jammer when a man behind her in line kept getting closer to her as she tried to move away.
“I felt something warm, like, go on my leg. I turned around and his private part was out, and I was screaming at him, ‘Get away from me, you’re disgusting, and why would you do that,’ and he said in a soft voice, ‘Sorry, I have a problem,’” the victim told KDKA’s Brenda Waters.
Police took the girl’s socks and shoes at the time. According to a criminal complaint, tests detected the presence of semen and contained a DNA sample.
The criminal complaint says Wright can be seen on surveillance footage around the park throughout the day. Police say it appears that Wright was taking videos or pictures of underage girls on his cell phone and following groups of young girls.
After police released surveillance video and photos, multiple people sent in tips identifying Wright.
The criminal complaint says police obtained a search warrant for Wright’s DNA and the contents of his cell phone. Police found several pictures of the legs and feet of young girls that were taken at Kennywood on July 31. One of the photos was of the victim’s legs.
Wright is facing charges of stalking, corruption of minors, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault and indecent exposure.