David Wright II

David Wright II

A former South Albany High School teacher was sentenced to nearly six years in prison on Friday for a charge of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct.

According to prosecutor Coleen Cerda, David Wesley Wright II, 46, of Albany convinced a teen to take and send nude photos of herself via cell phone, and he paid her for the images.

Wright also had a video of the girl using a sex toy, and exchanged texts where he talked about the possibility of having sex with her, Cerda added.

The accusations were not related to Wright’s job as a metal shop teacher at South Albany High School, where he was put on administrative leave following his arrest in August 2012. Authorities have said they had no evidence of any wrongdoing at Albany schools or of any other victims.

“I’m sorry,” Wright said, during the hearing in Linn County Circuit Court. “I hurt someone. I had an obligation to protect her and I didn’t. I hurt a lot of people.”

Judge Thomas McHill said Wright betrayed his position of responsibility and trust.

Defense attorney Kent Hickam said Wright wanted to apologize to the victim’s family, his own family, and the Greater Albany Public Schools.

Wright, who must register as a sex offender, also was sentenced to 10 years of post-prison supervision.

He was initially charged with third-degree sex abuse and two counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct.

The crimes took place between 2007 and 2010, Cerda said.  

The victim was a family acquaintance of Wright’s whom he knew through James Lloyd Dixon. Dixon was sentenced in 2011 to more than 15 years in prison for sexually abusing the same girl.   

“It’s a very sad case,” Cerda said. “(She) was actually victimized by two men.”

Kyle Odegard covers public safety for the D-H. He can be contacted at 541-812-6077 or kyle.odegard@lee.net.

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