Thursday, February 27, 2014
Registered Sex Offender in Leon County Arrested for Child Pornography Possession
CENTERVILLE – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit arrested Centerville resident and registered sex offender Dave Wagley III, 49, on Thursday for child pornography possession.
The Cyber Crimes Unit’s investigation of Wagley originated with a referral from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Based on the NCMEC referral, Cyber Crimes Unit investigators identified Wagley as the suspect who appeared to have illegally uploaded images of child pornography to an Internet Web server.
In 1999, Wagley was convicted in New York for distributing child pornography and currently is a registered sex offender in Leon County.
On Thursday, Cyber Crimes Unit officers executed a search warrant at Wagley’s residence and confiscated multiple digital devices. A preliminary forensic examination of one of the seized items – a flash drive – revealed videos of children being sexually assaulted.
Wagley faces four third-degree felony counts of child pornography possession, each punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. He remains in custody at the Leon County Jail.
For more information on Attorney General Abbott’s efforts to crack down on sex predators, visit www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.