A Fairbanks judge denied a request to modify bail conditions for a 35-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a Nenana woman in 2020. The hearing was held Thursday afternoon at Rabinowitz Courthouse.
Anthony Charles Wright is charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault, one count of third-degree sexual assault and one count of fourth-degree assault related to the alleged incident.
On Feb. 28, 2020, the alleged victim told troopers that she was awoken by Wright touching her breasts and genitals after she allowed him to spend the night at her house because it was cold, according to court documents. Wright reportedly hit the woman on the left side of the head and forced her to perform oral sex on him after she told him to stop, the criminal complaint stated.
Wright told troopers that he went to the woman’s house to do laundry, drank an entire fifth of vodka, and woke up to find the woman’s friend kicking him in the head, according to the complaint. Wright was physically assaulted by a male friend of the alleged victim after she told him about the assault.
On Thursday, defense attorney Gary Soberay requested that Superior Court Judge Earl Peterson modify Wright’s bail conditions and revoke the third-party custodian requirement. Wright’s original bail order was set at $3,000 and required him to be supervised by a court approved third-party custodian.
“This is pretty restrictive and under the circumstances the court can consider” said Soberay. “This is not a bad situation in terms of removing the third party requirements... You’ve got 50 miles in between the complaining witness and Anthony and you’ve got a pretty substantial defense here that suggests Anthony really did nothing wrong.”
Assistant District Attorney Andrew Baldock opposed the request, citing that Wright was both a danger to the community and a flight risk.
“These are obviously serious offenses and they do instill some concern both for slight, to avoid responsibility, and to protect the public given the nature of the allegations,” Judge Peterson said. “With the protection of the victim and the public paramount, I don’t see any reason to make the modification at this time.”
Wright is expected to appear in Fairbanks Superior Court for a calendar call on Oct. 26.