Monday, July 28, 2008

Willie Wragg - Repeat Sex Offender -

He's already a level three sex offender, the most dangerous level, and now he's back in jail tonight accused of attacking a young girl while she walked to the park.

His name is Willie Wragg and he recently spent six years in prison for raping a child and now he's accused of attacking another child. Police say Wragg sexually abused a 9-year-old girl last month in the city. He was convicted of raping a 7-year-old girl in 2000.

Today we spoke with neighbors who are glad he's locked up and not near their children. “I never knew he was like that cause he can be so nice and sweet.”

Neigbors say Willie Wragg had a past he didn't tell anyone about. In fact, neighbor Emily Bell says he lied to her. “First he told me he'd never did this stuff and said he was in jail for something else.” But they found out what happened.

A flyer went around the neighborhood. Wragg is already a registered level-3 sex offender. He was convicted eight years ago of raping a 7-year-old. He spent six years in jail, got out and moved to Breck Street a year ago. Now he's accused of sexually abusing a 9-year-old.

“I think it's a parent’s biggest fear that there is a level-3 offender living in their neighborhood and that something like this is going to happen.”

Prosecutor Kristy Karle says the girl was walking down Lethen Street last month. The girl told police she was on her way to get a friend. She says Wragg came out from behind the bushes, grabbed her arm and touched her.

His wife wasn't home today when we showed up but neighbors up and down the street are shocked.

Norma Vega said, “I can’t believe it. It's not safe for the kids.”

We checked out how many level-3 sex offenders live in that area and there are five registered within a couple blocks of where this happened.

Karle added, “It’s always our concern that someone who has a prior and has engaged in this type of activity may reoffend.” And neighbors like bell are glad their children aren't around him.

Bell said, “I ain't gotta worry anymore about my grandkids."

Because Wragg already has a prior felony conviction, that makes him a predicate felon. If he's convicted he'd serve a longer jail sentence on the charge, up to seven years.

Wragg is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment sometime this week. He is in jail without bail.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

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