Warrant: Registered NC sex offender worked at Freedom Balloon Fest

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A Raleigh man who is a registered sex offender has been arrested and charged after volunteering at the WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest, court documents show.


Glenn Alan Wright, 54, of the 1200 block of S. Bloodworth Street, has been charged with one felony count of sex offender/child premises.

Court records show that he was caught working as a volunteer at the balloon festival that was held this past weekend in Fuquay-Varina. Records show that Wright “was working at the Freedom Balloon Fest as a volunteer which encompasses a kiddie zone.”

Brian Hoyle, Lead Organizer for the WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest said they became aware of Wright’s background late Tuesday and referred that info to the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.


Another volunteer Google searched Wright’s name and found out he was a registered sex offender.

He says the festival had an open volunteer policy and did not require their volunteers to go through a criminal background check. He says moving forward that will change and all volunteers will be required to take a criminal background check.

He says Wright was a general volunteer, helping out in a variety of areas including general guest services and providing water.

Wright is a registered sex offender out of Palm Beach, Florida, according to registry records in both North Carolina and Florida. He has a long history of sexual offenses committed against children that dates back to 1982 in Los Angeles, California, court filings in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina show.

Wright was charged with sex offenses involving children in 1982, 1985, 1987, 1994 and 1995. He was sentenced in cases in 1982, 1987, 1996 and 1997. In May 1996, Wright was sentenced by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida to serve a total term of 168 months imprisonment and a supervised release term of three years.

On Feb. 13, 1997, Wright was sentenced to six and a half years imprisonment on 1995 lewd assault charges that he pleaded guilty to in Florida state court. This sentence was served concurrently with his federal sentence handed down in 1996.

Wright remained in the custody of the Florida Department of Corrections until he was transferred to the federal Bureau of Prisons in July 1998. He was released from prison in January 2013.

Records show that Wright’s victims were boys who ranged in age from six to 14.

Wright was arrested Wednesday in Raleigh and is being held in the Wake County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for today.

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