Man guilty of abduction, gets prison


WILMINGTON — A Mount Orab man gets jail time after pleading guilty to an abduction charge.

On Wednesday, Clinton County Common Pleas Court Judge John “Tim” Rudduck sentenced Michael Wright, 36, to a year in prison on one count of felony 3 abduction. The prison sentence will run consecutively with a separate prison sentence for failure to comply in Vinton County.

According to prosecuting attorney Andrea Ostrowski, in August 2021, Wright was living at a transitional home in Clinton County where the victim, Gloria Mojica, was an employee.

When Mojica was searching for her Airpods, “(Mojica and Wright) went into a room together and Mr. Wright would not allow Ms. Mojica to leave the room,” said Ostrowski. “She tried to open the door and he refused as he was standing in front of the door and she was afraid.”

Indictment documents indicate there was unwanted sexual contact leading to a sexual imposition charge. That and a second abduction charge were dismissed in the guilty plea.

A statement from Mojica was read in court by the court’s advocate, Shannon Smart.

“On that day I wasn’t the only person to lose something. Working in a transitional home/recovery facility, I always felt safe until after that day,” the letter stated. “My relationships with other people have suffered from the walls I put up.”

Mojica also stated in the letter how she felt she failed to protect herself.

“I always thought I would fight, kick, scream, bite, if someone hurt me. Instead I froze up,” the letter stated. “I will suffer forever with (Wright’s) choices.”

Rudduck commended Mojica for her letter and for bringing the case to law enforcement.

“I hope you heal quickly,” said Rudduck.

By John Hamilton

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