BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's office have arrested Adrian Paul Wright Jr. for forcible rape of a 14-year-old girl.
Authorities were notified of the rape on April 4, 2014, when the teenager told a counselor of the alleged assault. The girl says she was leaving an East Baton Rouge Parish school campus on Nov. 23, 2013 when she was physically forced into a classroom and raped by Wright, 31, an Aramark employee. She said she didn't tell anyone because she was afraid no one would believe her.
EBR deputies have not identified the school, but a spokesperson for the school system said the incident happened at what is now North Banks Middle School, on Cadillac Street. The school spokesperson added they were never notified by EBRSO about any investigation.
In a report done by the responding deputy, he notes the girl said she recognized the man who allegedly assaulted her from cleaning up her school and gave police a description of the suspect.
It took detectives seven months to wrap up their investigation. The sheriff's office spokesperson says because the crime was not reported right away, it did impact the investigation.
"When we have to go back and back track, some of that physical evidence is sometimes lost. But then we also have to find old employee records, things like that. It definitely does make it more difficult for law enforcement," said spokesperson Casey Hicks.
While attempting to locate the suspect, police were notified that Wright was already in prison, serving time on a ten year sentence for auto theft.