Former Elburn cop faces life in prison

A former Elburn cop accused of raping and sexually abusing a girl he knew for more than a decade could spend life in prison if convicted of all charges.

Kane County prosecutors recently filed court papers arguing the nearly three dozen counts of predatory criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse against David Wright, 54, of Campton Hills, should be considered as separate acts and eligible for consecutive sentences.

"The state's theory of the case is that the alleged conduct in counts 1 through 33 constitute a separate and distinct act in each of those counts. Therefore, the minimum sentence range would (be) 143 years and maximum of 648 years (Illinois Department of Corrections) if convicted in each count," wrote Kane County Assistant State's Attorney Debra Bree, who also is executive director of the Kane County Child Advocacy Center.

Wright, who was fired after his arrest in April, is accused of raping and molesting the girl between March 2005 and March 2011. He was being held at the Kane County jail on $500,000 bail.

Wright pleaded not guilty in August and is next due in court Dec. 18.

Reading volunteers wanted

Literacy Volunteers of Illinois is seeking people who are compassionate, flexible and nonjudgmental to become volunteer tutors for teens being held at the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles.

The program is called Jump Start with an information session 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday at Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, 102 S. Second St.

Teaching experience is not required, and 12 hours of training will be provided. Most tutors volunteer up to two hours a week and tutoring is done one-on-one in a supervised environment.

"Youth who have the advantage of working with a tutor are more likely to achieve their GED or high school diploma and less likely to re-enter the system," said Melissa Auer, program coordinator.

To make a reservation, call (312) 857-1582 or visit

Campton plans academy

The Campton Hills Police Department plans to host its first citizens police academy starting in January.

The academy will run 10 weeks and will be held one night a week for two hours. The course is designed to give participants a working knowledge of the department and overall law enforcement profession. Participants must be at least 21 and undergo a background check. The class will be limited to 20 people, and a minimum of 15 people is needed.

Contact Chief Dan Hoffman at (630) 584-4242 or

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