Travis Raymond Wright, a Coarsegold resident and an associate warden at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla, was arrested Monday on charges of sexually abusing a minor under the age of 14.
He is the second member of law enforcement personnel in Madera County to be arrested for child sex crimes this year.
Wright, 45, was arrested during a vehicle stop Monday morning without incident, Madera County Sheriff’s Cmdr. Bill Ward said.
“This arrest was the culmination of several months of investigation into crimes which occurred years earlier and were just recently reported,” Ward said.
Sheriff Jay Varney said the accusations against Wright were raised some 15 to 20 years after they allegedly took place.
“With juvenile victims, reports are often delayed because someone either tells them not to go forward, they don’t want to report it, or they think they won’t be believed,” Varney said. “It’s fairly common for victims.”
Varney said the victim was younger than 14 at the time of the alleged crimes.
In February, Chowchilla police officer Tyler Hormel was also arrested for child sex crimes, marking the second such arrest of law enforcement personnel in the county for 2016.
The sexual abuse allegations are not related to Wright’s position at the prison and there is no evidence that Wright committed any crimes there, Varney said.
Wright was booked into Madera County Jail on $350,000 bail for a felony charge of lewd or lascivious acts, using force on a child under 14 years old, as well as related sex charges. He paid bail by Monday evening.
According to state salary database Transparent California, Wright was paid $101,003 in 2014, with an additional $50,414 in benefits.