NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A school janitor remains behind bars Tuesday after being denied bond on charges of criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Authorities arrested 46-year-old Kirby Wright and accused him of sexually assaulting a young girl he was babysitting in 2010.
According to the Charleston County School District's website, Wright worked as a day porter at Garrett Academy in North Charleston. The website says Wright was recognized for "going the extra mile" in 2009.
Authorities say the alleged incident that was reported earlier this month did not happen or involve Garrett Academy. Wright did not work directly for the school system. He worked for another company contracted to provide janitorial services for the school. He has since been fired.
According to a court affidavit, Wright sexually assaulted a 9-year-old girl he was babysitting at his home sometime between June and August 2010.
The affidavit states that Wright escorted the girl into his bedroom to show her a doll house. Once inside the bedroom, authorities say he pushed the girl onto the bed and sexually assaulted her. Wright told the victim to hush and not to tell or he would stab her in the heart, the affidavit states.
The father of the alleged victim said that he learned about the incident when he received a text message from his daughter.
"I lose my cool a little bit, but I had to sit back and realize it's a matter for the law to handle," the father said.
A pastor who's known Wright for a long time came to his bond hearing to show support.
"He is a good father, he's a good homemaker, he has daughters of his own and I am absolutely shocked and surprised to hear this," said Rev. Willie Hill.
A sheriff's report states that the girl said Wright sexually assaulted her twice and inappropriately touched her once at a grocery store. Bond was denied for Wright on Tuesday because the judge could not set bond for criminal sexual conduct with a minor.