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Subject of Pendleton manhunt pleads guilty to sex felony

Christopher M. Wright.

Christopher M. Wright, who was the subject of a 24-hour manhunt after he fled his Pendleton home rather than submit to arrest for a sex crime, has pleaded guilty to a felony.

Wright, 44, of Oakwood Drive, admitted to attempted second-degree criminal sexual act and faces as long as four years in state prison when he is sentenced April 27 by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Wright was accused of forcible sexual contact with a 13-year-old Williamsville girl between May and October of this year.

He left home on the morning of Nov. 30, leading to a manhunt that involved the use of State Police dogs and the Niagara County Sheriff's Office helicopter. Starpoint Central School, located about two miles from Wright's home, was placed under a lockout order during the day.

Wright spent the night in some woods near his home, returned home on the morning of Dec. 1 and was arrested without further incident. Since then, he had been until the County Jail until he was bailed out Thursday on a $25,000 bond.

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