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Louisiana Inmate Pleads Guilty to "Crime Against Nature" Charge for Gay Sex

The Advocate, March 14, 2001

One of three Bossier Parish, La., inmates accused of engaging in sex acts near an elementary school while on a work detail pleaded guilty Monday to a "crime against nature," a prosecutor said. William A. Wright, 32, entered the felony plea in a case that led Sheriff Larry Deen to no longer allow inmate crews to work at or near school campuses except during summers when students aren’t present. Some Princeton Elementary School students and teachers saw Wright and two fellow inmates engaged in sexual activity together behind a brush pile in October when the men were supposed to be helping clear bushes and undergrowth at a church near the school, police said. Wright entered his plea after prosecutors agreed to dismiss a second, less serious charge of obscenity. Wright also has promised to testify against codefendants Willie James Harris, 42, and Andre Blaze, 29, both of whom rejected the same plea bargain taken by Wright, assistant Bossier-Webster district attorney Carl Ekendahl said. Harris and Blaze remain charged with both a crime against nature and obscenity. The two are scheduled for trial May14. Wright faces up to five years in prison for the crime-against-nature charge but could receive some consideration at sentencing for his cooperation and guilty plea. No sentencing date was immediately set.

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