TIMOTHY PATRICK WRIGHT
STATE OF ARKANSAS
April 4, 2007
APPEAL FROM THE PULASKI
COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT,
FOURTH DIVISION [CR 05-4753]
HONORABLE JOHN W. LANGSTON,
DAVID M. GLOVER, Judge
Appellant, Timothy Patrick Wright, was convicted in a bench trial in Pulaski
County Circuit Court of the offense of sexual assault in the fourth degree, a Class A
misdemeanor. He was sentenced to one year in the Pulaski County Regional Detention
Facility and ordered to pay a $1000 fine and court costs. His sole point on appeal is that
the trial court erred in not granting his motion for directed verdict because the State failed
to offer sufficient proof of his mens rea. We affirm the conviction.
At trial, S.G. testified that on September 7, 2005, when she was fourteen, she met
someone who said his name was Patrick in Merriweather Park after talking to him several
times on the telephone. S.G. identified appellant as the person she met at the park. She
said that she told Patrick the first time she talked to him that she was fourteen. S.G.
explained that the park where she met appellant was only three to five minutes away from
her house; that no one knew that she was meeting appellant there; and that on the day she
met appellant, she just walked to the park from her house. Patrick was at the park when
she arrived, and she said that she sat down and began talking to him. S.G. said they did
not discuss her age at the park, but that they had already talked about that on the phone.
She said appellant did not tell her his age on the phone and she thought he was sixteen or
seventeen, but when she saw him, he was “much older” than she thought.
S.G. testified that she was with appellant in the park for about an hour; that
appellant kissed her on the neck; and that she took her hair down. She denied that
appellant kissed her on the lips in the park, even though she to