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Sex offender faces child pornography charges

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Gazette Staff
August 7, 2008
— A registered sex offender living in Whitewater has been charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child and possession of child pornography after a search of his residence.

David L. Wells, 46, of 218 S. Cottage St., Whitewater, was arrested July 23 on suspicion he grabbed the buttocks of an 8-year-old girl at Wal-Mart, 1362 W. Main St., according to the criminal complaint.


Officers recognized Wells from the description given by store security and arrested him at his home, Whitewater Police Chief James Coan said.


Subsequent searches of Wells’ home resulted in additional charges, including seven counts of possession of child pornography and one count of a registered sex offender intentionally photographing a minor without consent.


Investigators found seven explicit photos of children in the house, according to the criminal complaint.


A compact disc with digital photos of young children who appeared to be at the Whitewater Fourth of July parade, a beach or a zoo also was found, according to the criminal complaint.



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