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Registered sex offender charged after volunteering at Balloon Fest

Posted June 1

Glenn Alan Wright

— A registered sex offender was arrested Wednesday after he was found to be working around children at the WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest, according to an arrest warrant.

Glenn Alan Wright, of Raleigh, was charged with a felony for being on the premises with children while being a sex offender, according to his arrest warrant. He was jailed under a $50,000 bond.

The warrant said Wright entered and remained at Fleming Loop Park in Fuquay-Varina during the festival. Wright was working as a volunteer at the festival, which included a kids area.

Balloon Fest organizer Brian Hoyle said officials discovered Wright's criminal background this week and reported it to the sheriff's office. The festival has not previously required background checks for volunteers, but Hoyle said that policy will change moving forward.

The WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest is a free, volunteer-run community festival honoring Gold Star and military families. About 100,000 people attended this year's festivities.

WRAL is the title sponsor of the event but is not involved in the operation of the festival.


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  • Mike Alcala Jun 8, 2:17 a.m.
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    he put himself danger in volunteering in some event like that
    may 27 2017 , he volunteered in balloon festival and he had fun volunteering to that event i can see in his message to me. as a volunteered he do his work only, he doesn't touch or hurt anyone! until june 1 2017 , i didn't received message from him
    😭then i found this is what happen to him
    yesterday june 7 2017 . his not a bad person 😥 anymore, he's a good person now .
    my Family loves him and He loves my familly too

  • Mike Alcala Jun 8, 2:00 a.m.
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    before i talk to him really well in 2014 , i do search background and i figured it out he has the terrible past . I decided to confront him and he said his old to enough to do anything stupid again he want his life to be a normal again and i give him a chance. from 2014 to 2017 we've been talking every day n night and i really saw the willingness of being normal person, even though his still "sex offender" after released from jail . For the last two year's we been talking and communicating , sending letters here from Philippines to US , US to PH , He changed alot , his not a bad person. besides he help me to support my study in College. Until i graduated! that's the great things happen in my my life. I know he had a terrible past but everyone has a chance to change! for the last two year's his been focusing on work and volunteering for his country, he focus on his life work and volunteering
    rock n roll marathon 2015,2016 and others but he put himself in danger in that

  • Teddy Fowler Jun 1, 9:55 p.m.
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    Ann Coulter is right about locking up all the liberals.

  • Charles Boyer Jun 1, 8:34 p.m.
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    This guy's record is beyond the pale. He's sexually assaulted multiple children, has been caught transporting child pornography and god only knows what else. He should definitely be kept away from kids and should never have been at a family event like the Balloon Festival.

  • Susan Olvera Jun 1, 5:10 p.m.
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    You can find his record here. He is a sick human being and should never have been released!


  • Wayne Hill Jun 1, 4:01 p.m.
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    Wonder what his original offense was for? A majority on the registry are convicted of misdemeanors which do not involve children. Plus, if you at a festival with that many people, and you are working, how are you going to have time or opportunity to commit any acts?

    just another non-violent guy, I am going to have to pay to house and feed that is not a threat.

    Well at least everybody got to use their pitchforks and torches.