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Sheriff’s homicide investigators plan to ask for the public’s help in identifying potential victims of sexual assaults of a teacher who is also a homicide suspect at a news conference Thursday.

Detectives, high-ranked Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials and a captain in the Gardena Police Department will present a photo of middle school teacher Charles Wright, who is awaiting trial for a sexual assault case and a homicide case, according to Alba Ibarra of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

The news conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. at 1 Cupania Circle in Monterey Park.

According to sheriff’s officials, using current fingerprint and DNA technology, Wright was arrested in 2021 in connection with the murder of Pertina Epps, who was found dead near a carport in Gardena in 2005. Wright was released after posting a $1 million bond and shortly thereafter was linked to a separate sexual assault case that occurred in 2006.

Detectives arrested Wright for the sexual assault case in June. He remains in custody awaiting trial on both cases.

The news conference will also be broadcast live via LASD Facebook and Instagram accounts: www.facebook.com/LosAngelesCountySheriffsDepartment/


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