Update: Dominique Wright is still awaiting a bond amount for his charges after allegedly exploiting a Harris County girl, officials with the Harris County Magistrate Court said Tuesday.
Although a time has not yet been set by the court, Wright must be given a bond amount on his charges within 48 hours of his arrest. If a bond is not set, he will face a preliminary hearing on Nov. 13.
He is presently facing charges for sexual exploitation of a minor and interference with custody. Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley said potential rape charges for Wright might come from a Cobb County law enforcement agency. Any evidence collected from the 16-year-old victim could take up to a week to process.
Original story: A missing Harris County teenager returned home Monday, and the man officials say is responsible for her disappearance faces charges of sexual exploitation of a minor and interference with custody.
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Officials say 40-year-old Dominique Wright may face additional sexual abuse charges in Cobb County, where he allegedly raped the girl, who is in a special education program at her school. Wright chatted with the 16-year-old for at least a month on an online dating service before the two met this weekend.
Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley said Wright picked up the teenager from her home near McKee Road at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Not long after, a missing persons alert was sent out. Jolley said the girl returned home Monday morning after she was apparently dropped off nearby by an unknown person.
Jolley said investigators suspect Wright brought the girl back. He was arrested shortly afterward in the parking lot of his Cobb County residence.
The girl told investigators that she went with Wright willingly, but was forced to perform sexual acts in his Cobb County home.
"I think she told him she wanted to go home when she was at his house," Jolley said. "He didn't bring her back until after he had sex with her."
Jolley said the two talked over an unspecified dating service for at least 30 days. The teenager has a mental capacity less than the average 16-year-old, Jolley said.
Wright allegedly coerced the teenager to send explicit pictures of her genitals, leading to his sexual exploitation charge. Although Wright reportedly sent sexually explicit pictures of his own to the teenager, he will not be charged, as the teenager is between 16 and 18 years old.
Jolley said the teenager is being examined in Columbus in connection with the reported rape. Charges resulting from that examination are pending.